Replacement worker bill defeated

    MONTREAL, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The House of Commons has defeated Bill
C-257, a proposed amendment to the Canada Labour Code that would have
prohibited the use of replacement workers in the event of a work stoppage
under federal labour jurisdiction. FETCO (Federally Regulated Employers -
Transportation and Communications) supports this decision of the House.
    Traditionally, significant amendments to the Canada Labour Code have only
been made after an impartial inquiry - at which all aspects of the issues
under examination are reviewed - and recommendations made that truly attempt
to reflect the public interest. This was not the case with Bill C-257 - this
was an effort to amend the Code to the benefit of only one party.
    If Bill C-257 had passed the result would have been more work stoppages
and a reversion to the days when Parliament was repeatedly called on to end
strikes and lockouts harming Canadians and the Canadian economy. The federal
jurisdiction provides an essential service. This was clear from the recent
strike at CN where, even though the company remained in partial operation,
there was a significant adverse effect on the Canadian economy. If Bill C-257
had been passed federal employers would have been even more restricted in
providing services to the public in the event of a work stoppage.
    The Code was last amended in 1999 after a report issued by the
three-person task force set-up to review the law. Acting on its report a
provision was enacted dealing with replacement workers, along with numerous
other changes. Since that time not once has legislation been required to end a
work stoppage.

For further information:

For further information: Don Brazier, Executive Director, FETCO
(Federally Regulated Employers - Transportation and Communications),

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