Labour leaders challenge Premiers on need for new rules on labour mobility



    "They're focusing on a problem that doesn't really exist - and in the
    process they're helping big business to tie the hands of democratically
    elected governments," says AFL president

    QUEBEC CITY, July 16 /CNW/ - The leaders of all of Canada's provincial
and territorial labour union federations will hold a news conference in Quebec
City tomorrow morning, challenging the provincial premiers to justify their
plans for major changes to Canada's internal trade rules.
    Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan and all of his
provincial and territorial counterparts warn that the premiers are on the
verge signing off on new internal trade rules that will significantly reduce
the range of policy options available to governments as they grapple with
pressing issues like climate change, the manufacturing crisis and the rapidly
rising cost of living.
    The new rules, which will be discussed tomorrow by the Premiers at their
annual conference being held in Quebec City, will likely give corporations the
right to sue governments for policies, regulations or programs that business
perceives as standing in the way of private-sector profit-making.
    "The premiers say these changes are necessary to deal with barriers to
labour mobility," says McGowan. "But the truth is that workers already move
almost effortlessly across provincial boundaries. So all this talk about
mobility is a smoke screen for something else - something much more sinister."
    The labour federation news conference will be held at the Hotel Manoir
Victoria in Quebec City tomorrow, July 17th, at 11 a.m. The hotel is located
at 44, Cote du Palais.





For further information:

For further information: Gil McGowan, AFL President at (780) 483-3021
(office) or (780) 218-9888 (cell)

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