TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - New results from a Nanos Research survey
of 1,000 employed Canadians, commissioned by the Canadian LabourWatch
Association (LabourWatch), shows the majority of working Canadians
(whether unionized or not) say they want union financial transparency
and an end to the use of union dues for non-workplace political
activities such as negative political attack ads.
"When it comes to giving the union bosses carte blanche on spending
worker dues on politics Canada stands alone," said LabourWatch
president John Mortimer. "In virtually every other major economy,
including the 47 nations composing the Council of Europe, Australia and
the United States, the law bars unions from forcing unionized workers
to pay dues for politics or be fired from their jobs."
Eighty-three (83%) of working Canadians believe that Canadian law should
require both public and private sector unions to be financially
transparent with the public.
Seventy-three (73%) of all working Canadians are opposed to dues being
spent on negative political attack ads. John Mortimer, president of
LabourWatch said, "This clearly shows union leaders are not respecting
the wishes of unionized Canadians when 72% are opposed to the types of
negative attack ads being run by a unions or union front groups.
With up to five provincial elections planned or possible this fall, some
of which already have heavy union political activity, this must be a
key issue for political debate. In fact, Canada appears to be the only
country left that still allows a union to get a worker fired if they do
not pay dues for politics.
"Sitting governments need to respect the wishes of Canadians,
particularly unionized Canadians (whether or not they are actually also
Members of the union at their workplace) whose wishes are ignored or
misrepresented by union leaders," concluded Mortimer.
Nanos Research conducted a random representative telephone survey of
1,001 employed Canadians between July 20-25, 2011. The margin of
accuracy is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
The Canadian LabourWatch Association is a federally-incorporated,
nonprofit organization. We believe that individual Employees are key
labour relations stakeholders. Our Guiding Principles provide a
framework for improving Canada's labour laws and their application in
order to protect and advance the rights of all Employees.
SOURCE Canadian LabourWatch Association
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