Some Se­nate changes OK’d on RCMP union­iz­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

The Trudeau gov­ern­ment has ac­cepted some — but not all — Se­nate amend­ments to a bill that would al­low the Moun­ties to form a union. Most sig­nif­i­cantly, it has agreed to re­move all re­stric­tions on what may be in­cluded in col­lec­tive agree­ments and ar­bi­tra­tion awards. That means is­sues such as ha­rass­ment, trans­fers, ap­point­ments and ap­praisals of RCMP mem­bers will no longer be ex­cluded from col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing. Ex­clu­sion of those is­sues in the orig­i­nal Bill C-7 had sparked con­sid­er­able con­tro­versy. How­ever, the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment has re­jected a Se­nate amend­ment which would have re­quired any fu­ture vote on cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of an RCMP union to be done by se­cret bal­lot — a mea­sure favoured by the Con­ser­va­tives.

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