Supreme court gives labour historic win

Ontario farm workers are given the right to unionize.
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/04/2003

It’s a headline grabbing victory for the labour movement in Canada, but most HR departments need not lose any sleep over it.

In an 8-1 decision presented just before Christmas, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled farm workers in Ontario have the right to unionize. The court ruled that the exclusion of agricultural workers from collective bargaining under Ontario labour legislation violated the right to freedom of association guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Wayne Samuelson, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, commended the decision to allow farm workers in Ontario to unionize.