NDP introduces federal anti-scab bill

Proposed legislation could put pressure on provinces to follow suit
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/18/2016

A bill proposed by the NDP could make it illegal for federal employers to hire replacement workers in case of a strike or a lockout, and put pressure on the provinces to implement similar laws.

Should it pass, the anti-scab legislation — introduced late last month in Parliament by the NDP’s deputy labour critic MP Karine Trudel — will make it illegal for federal public service employers to bring in so-called scabs to replace striking or locked out workers. 

The bill would amend the Canada Labour Code, mirror similar provisions in Quebec and British Columbia and apply to federal employers, such as those in the telecommunications, transportation and banking industries. Of the almost 900,000 workers employed under the federal public service, about 40 per cent are unionized and would be affected.