|Stéphane Dion abandons commitment to Canada's Working Families
|In a March 5, 2007 letter to Liberal leader Stéphane Dion, CAW president Buzz Hargrove expressed his frustration and disappointment at Dion's recent
Dion personally committed his support for the legislation to Hargrove in a meeting February 7, 2007, on the condition that essential services are protected in
the event of a strike. Bill C-257 will do nothing to diminish the current protections which are in place for essential services.
Here is Hargrove's letter to Dion:
March 5, 2007
I am writing on behalf of the 265,000 members of the CAW and their families to express my frustration and disappointment after hearing your announcement
that you will not support Bill C-257 - and once again ask you and the Liberal caucus to endorse this important legislation when it is voted on later this month in
At our meeting on February 8, 2007 you committed your support for C-257, as long as essential services would be protected in the event of a strike.
Essential services are protected by both the Canada Labour Code and other statutes that deal specifically with federal public services. Passing C-257 does
nothing to diminish those protections. Those protections are contained in section 87.4 of the Canada Labour Code which are in effect and will remain in effect
when C-257 is passed.
In its rulings, the CIRB has confirmed seven times in the last six years that section 87.4 is an essential services clause.
Anyone who has been locked out by their employer or has had to go on strike to protect their job knows what scab labour means for their loved ones, their
community, their union and our country as a whole.
The research is clear: when scabs are used during strikes and lockouts, labour disputes last longer and often get nastier. Bargaining is stalled, communities
are divided, and tempers flare. Work days are needlessly lost and everyone suffers.
For workers, watching someone steal your job creates anger, bitterness, and resentment that damages morale and productivity for years to come. For
employers, the tiny minority of managers who use scab labour set a bad example, and take Canadian labour relations back to the nineteenth century.
It's time for federal anti-scab legislation. It's time that the Liberal leadership supports the millions of people who make our country work, rather than the
millionaires who ignore their rights.
Source: CAW Communications Dept.
Related: Take Action - Support Anti-Scab Legislation: Bill C-257