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Legislation to ban the use of replacement workers receives royal assent


OTTAWA, ON, June 21, 2024 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada believes in free and fair collective bargaining. Replacement workers distract from the bargaining table, prolong disputes and harm labour relations for years after.

Yesterday, Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Industrial Relations Board Regulations, 2012, received royal assent. This legislation was developed through extensive consultations with unions and employers and received unanimous support in Parliament. It will improve labour relations, protect workers' right to strike, limit interruptions to collective bargaining and provide greater stability to our economy during federal labour disputes.

Bill C-58 represents one of the most significant changes to federal collective bargaining rules since the 1990s. Specifically, Bill C-58 has two main components:

The CIRB is the independent administrative tribunal that resolves workplace disputes and certain appeals that arise under the Canada Labour Code (the Code). It will be responsible for enforcing these new changes. These provisions will apply to employers and workers in federally regulated sectors covered by Part I of the Code, such as interprovincial and international air, rail, road and marine transportation, banks, telecommunications and postal and courier services.

This legislation will improve labour relations, protect workers' right to strike, and keep parties focused on the bargaining table where the best deals are made, for workers, for employers, and for our economy. These measures will come into force on June 20, 2025, to give the CIRB time to prepare for its new responsibilities.

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"This is one of the most seminal moments in Canadian labour history. Thanks to all the labour leaders, activists and workers who worked so hard over many decades to finally make this happen."
? Minister of Labour and Seniors, Seamus O'Regan Jr.

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