OTTAWA — The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has issued a statement praising the adoption of Bill C-4 by the federal government, legislation that repeals the former Conservative government’s Bills C-377 and C-525.
"Our affiliates and labour activists across the country have organized and campaigned against these bills from the beginning, and this is their victory to celebrate," said CLC president Hassan Yussuff in the June 14 statement.
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau then promised that, if elected, he would repeal these bills and we are happy he has kept that promise."
The CLC said while the former Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper indicated Bill C-377 was about union transparency, experts from across the spectrum agreed "it was really about red tape that would have forced unions, their suppliers and other businesses they work with to spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours producing and processing expense reports to be reviewed and filed."
Ontario Building Trades Council business manager Patrick Dillon said earlier this year in a media statement, "Bill C-377 was the most draconian and arbitrary law that trade unionists have seen in decades," and added, "The repeal of Bill C-525 will help restore balanced labour relations in Canada."
Bill C-525 would have made it more difficult for workers in federally regulated workplaces to join a union, said the CLC.
It was opposed by labour relations experts, but was nonetheless passed into law by the Conservatives in December 2014.