B.C. keeps promise to overhaul labour

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/22/2002

Organized labour in British Columbia claim new legislative changes give employers too much power; employer groups say it is a good start, but would like to see more.

The B.C. government introduced three sweeping pieces of legislation last month, in one day overhauling workers’ compensation, the labour code and employment standards.

“As far as the labour code is concerned, we are pleased with the results. We look at it as an important first step,” said Andrew Wynn-Williams, director of policy and communications for the B.C. Chamber of Commerce. The chamber attributes B.C.’s poor economic performance throughout the ’90s to “less than competitive labour laws.”