Labour rights are Human rights

Labour Rights Under Attack

225 Restrictive labour laws

In the past three decades Canadians have seen a serious erosion of a fundamental and universal human right, their right to organize into a union and engage in full and free collective bargaining.  Federal and provincial governments have passed numerous labour laws since 1982 that have restricted, suspended or denied collective bargaining rights for Canadian workers.

89 ILO Complaints

Since 1982, Canada's record with respect to the number of complaints submitted to the International Labour Law’s (ILO) Freedom of Association Committee is one of the worst of all of the ILO’s 183 member States with unions in Canada filing more complaints than the national labour movements of any other country.


This month in labour rights history

The National Union made a submission to the United Nations Human rights Council which is undertaking a review of Canada's human rights record in February 2009. NUPGE's submission drew more...

September 5, 2008

In Quotes

Labour rights are at the heart of the fight for human rights. The freedom to associate, to organize and to have equal opportunities in the workplace – every year we see these rights under attack around the world. more...

Kate Allen, Amnesty International United Kingdom,

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Draft a resolution

Draft and sponsor a resolution to your Federation of Labour or Labour Council condemning the use of labour laws that restrict or deny the fundamental rights of workers and proposing that progressive labour law reform be a central focus of labour’s political agenda.

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Since 2006, thousands, including all Federal Leaders of the Opposition, have signed a pledge to uphold workers rights.