April 26, 2005
Anti-Scab Bill fails to pass in House of Commons
Carole Lavallée, MP for Saint-Bruno–Saint-Hubert in Quebec and Bloc Québécois Labour Critic, introduced a bill before the House of
Commons to ban replacement workers in the event of labour strikes.  

The Bloc Québécois worked hard to gather the much-needed support in turning this bill into legislation.  Unfortunately, the bill did not
pass second reading.  In 2003, a similar bill was defeated by 18 votes; but this year, it was defeated by just 12 votes.

Ms. Lavallée remains optimistic that at some point, they will convince a majority of the Members in the House of Commons that anti-
strike-breaker legislation would serve to reduce the length of labour disputes, reduce violence and vandalism on the picket lines and
the bad feelings that follow a dispute.  She plans to re-introduce this bill again immediately following the next election, which could be
just around the corner!

Click here to read the communiqué she has sent out

CN members should recall CN's use of replacement workers last year during the one-month strike at CN. If your Member of
Parliament voted NAY against this proposed legislation, you are encouraged to contact your MP to voice your displeasure by
his/her stance in supporting the continued use of scabs.
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