Ontario farm workers win the right to join unions

Legislation violated agricultural workers' rights to freedom of association: Court
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/06/2009

The Ontario Court of Appeal has struck down the sections of the Agricultural Employees Protection Act that prevent farm workers from joining a union.

The act, which the Ontario government introduced six years ago, gave farm workers the right to form employee associations but stopped short of allowing them to engage in collective bargaining.

In the 3-0 decision, the court said the legislation violates agricultural employees' rights to freedom of association under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court gave the Ontario government 12 months to rewrite the law.