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Canadian Unions Celebrate Repeal of Bills C-377 and C-525


Last week, Canadian unions celebrated as the federal government tabled legislation to repeal controversial bills C-377 and C-525. The bills forced redundant and unreasonable financial reporting on unions, making it more difficult for Canadians in federally-regulated workplaces to join a unions.

“This proves what we’ve been saying all along: that these bills were nothing more than an attempt to undermine unions’ ability to do important work like protecting jobs, promoting health and safety in the workplace, and advocating on behalf of all Canadian workers,” says Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff. “We are pleased that this new government recognizes the importance of fair labour relations, and supports the role of unions in the workplace.”

Bill C-377 was pushed through Parliament by the former Conservative government in June 2015 despite loud opposition from many different groups, including the NHL Players Association, Conservative and Liberal senators, constitutional experts, Canada’s privacy commissioner, the Canadian Bar Association and the insurance and mutual fund industry. The Liberal government took control this fall and promised to repeal both bills.

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