Labour code rec­om­men­da­tions aim to re­store bal­ance, fair­ness

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Vic­to­ria: Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions with Bri­tish Columbians, busi­nesses, and labour or­ga­ni­za­tions, an in­de­pen­dent re­port on up­dat­ing B.C.’S Labour Re­la­tions Code has been made pub­lic, as gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers its rec­om­men­da­tions.

“Work­ers’ rights and pro­tec­tions, re­gard­less of where they work, need to be re­flected in a mod­ern­ized code,” said Harry Bains, Min­is­ter of Labour. “The last full re­view was in 1992, and clearly, a great deal has changed in how peo­ple work in to­day’s econ­omy.”

The re­port, Rec­om­men­da­tions for Amend­ments to the Labour Re­la­tions Code, makes 29 rec­om­men­da­tions, cov­er­ing a wide range of top­ics, such as union cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­cesses, dis­pute res­o­lu­tion, suc­ces­sor­ship, un­fair labour prac­tices and ar­bi­tra­tion pro­ce­dures.

The panel of spe­cial ad­vi­sors - Michael Flem­ing, San­dra Banis­ter and Barry Dong - was ap­pointed in Feb­ru­ary 2018 to re­view the code to en­sure B.C.’S union­ized work­places are sup­ported by fair laws for work­ers and busi­nesses that are con­sis­tent with the labour rights and pro­tec­tions en­joyed by other Cana­di­ans. The panel held pub­lic and stake­holder con­sul­ta­tions around the prov­ince, and un­der­took ex­ten­sive re­search.

“The re­view panel faced the daunt­ing task of re­view­ing and weigh­ing sub­mis­sions that were some­times di­a­met­ri­cally op­posed,” Bains said. “I am im­pressed with the thor­ough­ness of their re­search, and the fair and bal­anced per­spec­tives the three mem­bers brought to the ta­ble.”

“Our man­date was to con­sult with the com­mu­nity, and re­view the code to en­sure work­places sup­port a grow­ing, sus­tain­able econ­omy with fair laws for work­ers and busi­ness,” said Michael Flem­ing, panel chair. “The in­put we re­ceived from the labour re­la­tions com­mu­nity was thought­ful and rea­soned, and in­valu­able to our re­view.”

Pub­lic feed­back on the panel’s rec­om­men­da­tions can be sent to Lr­creview@ gov.bc.ca (mailto:lr­creview@gov.bc.ca) by Nov. 30. Ad­di­tional con­sul­ta­tions with key stake­hold­ers will also be un­der­taken as gov­ern­ment pre­pares amend­ments to the code in spring 2019.

Harry Bains

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