Is banning replacement workers in strikes a good thing? (Taking sides)

The NDP and the Bloc Quebecois are pushing bills that would ban the use of replacement workers during strikes.
By Jack Layton and John Mortimer
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/20/2006

Yes. It preserves the integrity of collective bargaining

By Jack Layton

Canada’s NDP has a plan to deliver results for ordinary families in this minority parliament. That plan includes ensuring fair protections for workers exercising their legitimate right to bargain collectively.

NDP MP Catherine Bell has tabled a private member’s bill amending the Canada Labour Code to outlaw replacement workers in strikes or lockouts. Bill C-295 would prohibit employers from bringing strikebreakers into federally-regulated workplaces, introducing fines for specific offenses. The Bloc Quebecois has also introduced a similar bill.