Labour rights are Human rights

It's time for Canada to sign ILO Convention No. 98

Sixty-seven years after the ILO adopted Convention No. 98: Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining, Canada is one of only 23 countries in the world that still haven’t ratified it.  This is somewhat of an international embarrassment for Canada as it places us with countries known for their poor record of respecting human rights, such as Afghanistan, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.

It is now 2016, and the federal government’s refusal to ratify ILO Convention No. 98 can no longer be justified since the right to organize and bargain collectively is now recognized as a constitutional right in Canada.

Below, you will find resources to help convince the new federal government of the interest and urgency of ratifying this fundamental ILO Convention.  

Click on the campaign pamphlet below to find out more information and please feel free to give the pamphlet wide distribution.

Take Action

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.

Sign the Workers’ Bill of Rights

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