TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor is disappointed that Senate has passed Bill C-525 which it recognized was flawed – and is aware will make it more difficult for workers to join a union in a federally regulated sector and easier for a minority of workers to have a union's bargaining rights revoked.
"The bottom line is that unions improve the lives of workers and protect their rights. It's that simple," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "Unions are good for workers – and good for society."
Many amendments have been proposed, but none have passed.
"Workers don't want this bill. Employers don't want this bill. The Harper Conservatives were the only ones who wanted this undemocratic, unfair bill," Dias said.
Unifor maintains that once a majority of workers have declared that they want to join a union by signing cards, the government should not stand in the way of them doing so by erecting a second obstacle to certification.
Bill C-525 will now be sent for Royal ascent.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 305,000 workers, including 26,700 in telecommunications, 11,600 in airlines and 9,300 in rail. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
For further information: Sarah Blackstock, Unifor Communications Director, [email protected], M: 416.949.1072