Government jeopardizing bargaining process: Experts

Current penchant for legislation will have future repercussions at negotiating table
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/24/2011

The future of collective bargaining in Canada is being jeopardized by the federal government’s intervention in several recent labour disputes, say some top labour relations experts.

“You have to go back in history to see a government this involved,” says Bob Hebdon of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management who has done extensive research on government intervention in labour relations.

He says while there is a legitimate public interest in the dispute at Air Canada, intervention ultimately does more harm than good.