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January 29, 2016

Good sense prevails: Government moves to repeal C-377 and C-525

Canadian unions are pleased that the federal government has tabled legislation to repeal controversial bills C-377 and C-525.

These bills were designed to weaken unions by forcing redundant and unreasonable financial reporting, and by making it more difficult for Canadians in federally-regulated workplaces to join a union, respectively.

“This proves what we’ve been saying all along: that these bills were nothing more than an attempt to undermine unions’ ability to do important work like protecting jobs, promoting health and safety in the workplace, and advocating on behalf of all Canadian workers,” said CLC president Hassan Yussuff.

“We are pleased that this new government recognizes the importance of fair labour relations, and supports the role of unions in the workplace,” he said.

Bill C-377 was pushed through Parliament by the last government in June of last year despite loud opposition from many different groups, including the NHL Players Association, Conservative and Liberal senators, constitutional experts, Canada’s privacy commissioner, the Canadian Bar Association and the insurance and mutual fund industry.

“We commend Minister Mihychuk for her leadership in repealing this legislation and restoring a balanced labour relations framework for federal workers,” he said.