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CUPW complaining to ILO about back-to-work legislation

Union also expects to win court challenge over freedom of association.

Bossenberry: CUPW, allies implementing fightback against austerity forced on workers by the wealthy.by Gayle Bossenberry, CUPW

September 8, 2011: CUPW is determined to take back the right to free collective bargaining for Urban Operations bargaining unit members.

It is preparing for a court challenge to Bill C6, the back-to-work legislation. CUPW believes that there is a reasonable basis to challenge Bill C6 as a violation of the right to freedom of association protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

CUPW is also working with the labour movement to regain this right. It is submitting resolutions to labour councils and federations of labour about the right to free collective bargaining. It is also supporting other union members who are either locked-out or on strike.

  "Free collective bargaining is a basic and important right. When it comes under attack, everyone is affected."

The union is holding discussions with its allies to continue to develop and implement a fightback against the austerity agenda being forced on working people by the wealthy.

CUPW is also complaining to the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, that Bill C6 is a clear violation of the right to freedom of association outlined in the ILO's Convention 87.

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) recently provided comments to the International Labour Organization (ILO) about Canada's compliance with Conventions that it has ratified, including Convention 87. CUPW is working with the CLC to fight Bill C6 at the upcoming review of Canada's implementation of the ILO Convention on Freedom of Association.

The CLC's comments regarding the following ILO Conventions will be available in both languages on the CLC website this fall:

•C87 — Freedom of Association
•C100 — Employment Remuneration
•C111 — Discrimination in Occupation and Employment
•C122 — Employment Policy
•C162 — Asbestos

Free collective bargaining is a basic and important right. When it comes under attack, everyone is affected. CUPW is pursuing every avenue to take back that right.

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Posted: September 14, 2011

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