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Draft Resolution # 1

LABOUR RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS

The Federation of Labour or Labour Council will work with its affiliated bodies and progressive allies to:

Reinforce at any opportunity that labour rights are indeed human rights;
Promote labour rights as a means to strengthening democracy, equality and economic prosperity in Canada and internationally; and
Oppose regressive labour law contemplated or introduced by a government in Canada;

Because the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that ’labour rights are human rights’ when it ruled that joining a union and bargaining collectively are constitutional rights of Canadians.

Because this has been upheld by numerous lower courts and labour tribunals.

Because these legal victories have been undermined by governments intent on attacking the rights of Canadian workers.

Because we cannot rely solely on the courts to defend labour rights.

Draft Resolution # 2

PROGRESSIVE LABOUR LAW REFORM

The Federation of Labour or Labour Council  will condemn the introduction of any regressive labour law that restricts or denies the fundamental rights of workers, regardless of what workers and what jurisdiction the legislation  affects; and
The Federation of Labour or Labour Council will work with its affiliated bodies and progressive allies to make progressive labour law reform a central focus of labour’s political agenda and create public awareness around the fact that labour rights are human rights.

Because there has been a dramatic increase in the use of legislative interference by the federal and provincial governments to restrict and/or deny the collective bargaining rights of Canadian workers as evident by the 195 pieces of restrictive labour legislation proclaimed by the federal and provincial governments in the past three decades.

Because the federal and provincial governments are failing in their responsibility under international labour and human rights standards to protect workers' rights by their continuous legislative attack on workers' rights to organize, bargain collectively and take strike action.

Draft Resolution # 3

CANADIAN RATIFICATION OF ILO CONVENTIONS

The Federation of Labour or Labour Council will work with its affiliated bodies and progressive allies to develop and coordinate activities designed to pressure the federal governments to:
have labour legislation comply with the fundamental principles of freedom of association of the International Labour Organization (ILO);
ratify the remaining two ILO Conventions recognized as being fundamental to the rights of human beings at work. – Convention No. 98 – the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention and Convention No. 138 – the Minimum Age Convention; and
establish an ongoing consultative process with the labour movement with respect to the ratification of ILO Conventions which Canada has yet to ratify.

Because of the 188 Conventions of the IL), Canada has only ratified 30 resulting in Canada having one of the worst ratification records of the ILO’s 183 member states

Because Canada is one of the few countries in the world that has yet to ratify all eight of the ILO conventions recognized as being fundamental to the rights of human beings at work, failing to ratify two of those fundamental Conventions – Convention No. 98 — Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining (1949) and Convention No. 138 – Minimum Age (1973).

Because of the 30 ILO Conventions developed since 1982 – all of which Canada voted for at the ILO’s Annual Conferences – Canada has only ratified five of them.

Draft Resolution # 4

ILO COMPLAINTS AGAINST CANADIAN AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS

The Federation of Labour or Labour Council will work with its affiliated bodies and progressive allies to lobby the government of Province to implement all current and outstanding recommendations of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) with respect to the various Province labour laws found not to be in conformity with ILO’s freedom of association principles.

Because Canada’s record with respect to the number of complaints against restrictive labour legislation submitted to the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association is one of the worst of any of the ILO’s 183 member States, with unions in Canada filing more complaints than the national labour movements of any other country over the past three decades;

Because the federal and provincial governments have demonstrated a complete disregard towards the rulings of the ILO Governing Body; and

Because this disregard towards the ILO Governing Body’s rulings have led the ILO to request the Canadian government to consider allowing an ILO Study and Information Mission to come to Canada and investigate the large number of complaints from Canadian unions and the lack of responsiveness by the federal and provincial governments to the ILO Governing Body’s rulings.

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