UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

March 20, 2009 11:32 ET

Union to file complaint against Ontario with United Nations agency

UFCW Canada to file formal complaint with the International Labour Organization, charging Ontario’s ban on agriculture unions violates the human rights of Ontario farm workers

Attention: Agriculture Editor, Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ON > MEDIA ADVISORY FOR MARCH 23/09--(Marketwire - March 20, 2009) -

Atten. - Toronto-GTA Assign. and News Editors for Monday, March 23 @ 10:00 a.m.

Toronto, Queen's Park Media Conference
RE: Complaint against Ontario to be filed with UN Agency

Monday, March 23, 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Media Studio, Queen's Park
Room 149, Legislative Building
Toronto M7A 1A2

Wayne Hanley, National President, UFCW Canada
Andrea Horwath, MPP (Hamilton Centre), and Leader, Ontario NDP
Wayne Samuelson, President, Ontario Federation of Labour
Ken Georgetti, President, Canadian Labour Congress


TORONTO, ON - On Monday, March 23, UFCW Canada, the country's largest private-sector union will be filing a formal complaint against the Government of Ontario with the International Labour Organization (ILO) - an agency of the United Nations.

A full transcript of the complaint and other background materials will be available at a media conference to be held Monday, March 23, 2009 from 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the Media Studio, Queen's Park, Room 149 - Legislative Building, Toronto, M7A 1A2.

The complaint charges that Ontario's ban on agriculture unions for the purposes of collective bargaining violates the human and constitutional rights of Ontario agriculture workers, and contravenes the ILO's Convention 87: Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize that Canada ratified in 1972.

The ILO complaint follows a November 2008 decision by the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The court ruled that Ontario legislation that prevents farm workers from unionizing is unconstitutional, and ordered the Ontario government to change the legislation within 12 months. Instead, the Ontario government has applied for Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to review the decision.

Speakers at the conference will include Wayne Hanley, the National President of UFCW Canada; Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Ontario NDP; Wayne Samuelson, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour; and Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

The filing of the complaint coincides with the 37th anniversary of Canada's ratification of the ILO's Convention 87: Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize.


/For further information:
Bob Linton,
Dir. of Government Relations and Political Action
UFCW Canada
416-675-1125 office
416-577-6160 cell



Contact Information

  • Bob Linton, Director of Government Relations and Political Action, UFCW Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-675-1125
    Secondary Phone: 416-577-6160
    E-mail: blinton@ufcw.ca