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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Farm workers want protection


— A union representing farm workers is suing Ontario for not extending health and safety protection to agricultural workers, considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the province. The Charter challenge before Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice alleges that the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act is unconstitutional because it deprives farm workers of basic legal protections enjoyed by almost every other worker in the province. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is also considering another court challenge to the Employment Standards Act, which also excludes farm workers from protection on such things as hours of work.

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