OTTAWA, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The ongoing Senate scandal, the resignation
of MP Brent Rathgeber from the Conservative caucus and the recent
discovery of a Conservative secret fund are exposing the Tories' true
ways of governing, says the President of the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
"It is the height of hypocrisy for the Conservatives to introduce
anti-worker bills such as Bill C-525 in the name of so-called
transparency and accountability while the public is learning the
existence of a secret fund in the PMO," said Dave Coles, CEP National
President. "The public sees through this cynical game."
On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, Private Members' Bill Bill C-525 was
introduced by Blaine Calkins, Conservative MP for Wetaskiwin, Alberta.
The Bill proposes significant amendments to Canadian labour legislation
that would alter the certification and decertification rules for union
members. Another anti-worker bill is currently being debated in the
Senate. Bill C-377 would unfairly force unions to disclose financial
information that no employer has the obligation to make public.
"We know that the Conservatives are going after workers and that their
actions are driven by pure ideology while trying to give more power to
the business class," added Coles. "If there was a shadow of a doubt
that the Tories were still able to govern this country, it has vanished
this week in the midst of so much scandal."
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) and the Canadian
Auto Workers Union (CAW) are joining forces to form a new Canadian
union called Unifor set to be formed on Labour Day Weekend, 2013. Both
unions have committed to an organizing fund of 50 million over 5 years
to increase the numbers of workers in Canada who are members of a
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles, National President, 613-299-5628, firstname.lastname@example.org