OTTAWA, Jan. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Unifor commends the Liberal government's decision to repeal Bills C-525 and C-377. These two anti-labour bills, a direct attack on unions by the previous Conservative government, undermined the charter right to form a union for workers in federally-regulated sectors and imposed unnecessary and onerous reporting burdens on all unions. Unifor had been outspoken about the problematic nature of these bills since they were first brought forward.
"The union movement worked diligently to repeal these undemocratic and unjust bills," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
"I applaud the action taken today by the government, however it's important to note that we have simply been given back rights that were taken from us by the Harper government as part of their agenda to restrict and weaken the rights of trade unions. This is an important first step to undo the damage that has been done."
Unifor members made the defeat of the Harper Conservatives the union's top priority in the federal election last fall. Thousands of members from across the country were engaged in the election, volunteering on local campaigns and participating in workplace canvasses.
"Unifor was built to change the politics of this country so that we can all thrive," said Dias, noting that the union continues to work closely with federal and provincial governments on key issues facing Canadian workers.
In addition to promising better working relationships with unions, the Liberals campaigned on promises to be a champion for the middle-class, to prioritize job creation, to improve the Employment Insurance and Canadian Pension plans and to protect our national healthcare system.
"We will continue our work to ensure the Liberals are held to account for these commitments," said Dias.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged.
For further information: Please contact Unifor Communications National Representative Kathleen O'Keefe at Kathleen.OKeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).