Union leader chas­tises gov­ern­ment bills

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

Canada Em­ploy­ment and Im­mi­gra­tion Union (CEIU) mem­bers serve Cana­di­ans across the coun­try and around the world. We en­sure your em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance (EI) pay­ments come on time, help re­unite Cana­di­ans with their fam­i­lies im­mi­grat­ing to Canada and much more.

This month has been dis­heart­en­ing: first, the pass­ing of Bill C-51, the Anti-Ter­ror­ism Act, against all rea­son and vir­tu­ally ev­ery ex­pert wit­nesses ad­vice to the gov­ern­ment. While we ap­plaud the Hon­ourable Jack Har­ris, MP for St. John’s East for his stead­fast oppo- sition to the bill, we noted with dis­ap­point­ment that Lib­eral MPs Judy Foote, Scott Simms and Yvonne Jones sup­ported this shame­ful piece of leg­is­la­tion.

In ad­di­tion, the gov­ern­ment’s un­prece­dented attack on Col­lec­tive Bar­gain­ing with the Bud­get Im­ple­men­ta­tion Bill, C-59, is ex­tremely trou­bling. Nev­er­the­less, our mem­bers con­tinue to rally in sup­port of qual­ity ser­vices to Cana­di­ans.

We’ve been en­gag­ing with our col­leagues in the Public Ser­vice Al­liance of Canada and with or­di­nary Cana­di­ans for the past year. Monthly Days of Ac­tion in our work­places and flash mobs in shop­ping malls are just the be­gin­ning.

We will not stand idly by while our em­ployer chips away at the rights and free­doms of or­di­nary Cana­di­ans. Healthy work­places, guar­an­teed through col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing, don’t just ben­e­fit our mem­bers; they en­sure qual­ity public ser­vices for all Cana­di­ans.

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