Canada still has work to do on labour standards: report

Review for international group finds gaps on replacement workers, back-to-work legislation
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/13/2011

Canada may have some of the best labour standards in the world, but there are still several gaps, according to a new report on Canadian labour standards released by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

The report was published for the World Trade Organization to coincide with a review of its trade policies now underway in Switzerland, and focuses on the shortcomings in Canadian labour standards based on the International Labour Organizations (ILO) core conventions.

A key sticking point is freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. According to the report, there are still too many restrictions on trade union rights in Canada. Chief among them is the frequent use of back-to-work legislation and tolerance for replacement workers outside of B.C. and Quebec.