UN scolds Alberta over labour legislation

ILO supports union complaint over legislation that stripped the right to strike from some health-care workers
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/08/2004

The Alberta government has drawn the ire of the United Nations’ labour agency because it has taken the right to strike away from some health-care workers.

The Geneva-based International Labour Organization (ILO) also criticized the province for not consulting the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) and other affected unions when it passed Bill 27, legislation designed to restructure health regional labour relations bargaining units, in 2003.

“By bringing this to the attention of the United Nations last year, we wanted to let the government know that the world is watching when it uses legislation to remove internationally recognized rights,” said Dan MacLennan, AUPE president.