Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 09, 2005 10:17 ET

Media Advisoy -- "A Second Chance"

Parliament Must Adopt Anti-Scab Legislation Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - April 9, 2005) - Next week, MP's get their second chance in two years to pass a law that bans the use of replacement workers - scabs - during labour disputes in industries covered by the Canada Labour Code. Hassan Yussuff, secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress says Parliament shouldn't miss another chance to bring labour relations in this country into the 21st century.

To highlight this idea, Yussuff will be available to the media, with MP Carole Lavallée, (BQ Saint-Bruno - Saint Hubert), in Toronto, on Sunday, April 10, at 10:30 at the SteelWorkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street [one block south of College, two streets east of Spadina]

"Laws like this have been on the books in British Columbia and Quebec for decades. Not only have they resulted in more tranquil labour relations, they've brought with them a significant drop in the statistics for days of work lost due to lock-out or strike. Using scabs often prolongs disputes and has provided the flashpoint for violence and injury on picket lines," says Yussuff.

Just a year and a half ago, a law to ban the use of scabs was defeated only because the Cabinet voted as a block against it. The ministerial votes then clearly thwarted the will of the majority on the back benches from all parties. In a free vote, they actually supported the ban.

"Removing the specter of violence, bitterness and economic disruption that haunt industrial relations in our key transportation, telecommunication and financial sectors, once and for all, makes more sense than ever given the times we live in," adds Yussuff.

"I want to congratulate the MP's who have brought this important issue back to Parliament and urge all of her colleagues to vote in favour of Bill C-263 next week."

Canadians can check how, all MP's who have since been re-elected voted on this issue on October 22, 2003 at, click on 'Anti-Scab' On the same web page, everyone is also invited to click on 'Fax your MP' to contact their MP to let her or him know that they should vote in favour of Bill C-263

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils. Web site:

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  • Jean Wolff, Director of Communications, Canadian Labour Congress
    Primary Phone: 613-876-6040
    Secondary Phone: 613-526-7431