The federal government recently introduced a new bill called C-58, aiming to ban employers from bringing in replacement workers during a contract dispute. This bill has two main parts. The first part makes it illegal for employers in certain industries to use replacement workers. The second part describes new rules for negotiations during disputes.
Many people are pleased with this legislation, including unions and workers, while others argue that the bill could hurt the economy.
The bill is also driven by political motivations. The Liberal-NDP confidence and supply agreement required that this bill be created. As a result, the Liberals hope to gain more support from unions with this legislation. The bill does not come into effect until 18 months after receiving royal assent; this is to allow time for agencies responsible for handling labor disputes to adapt. Many hope that this federal law will encourage provinces to pass similar legislation, and that the legislation will promote more support for labor at the polls.
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