Canada abusing workers’ rights: international body

But critics say Canada is still far ahead of other countries
By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/21/2003

A damning report released by an international labour organization charges that Canadian governments are stripping away fair labour practices, ultimately abusing basic workers’ rights, and reneging on international commitments to fundamental labour principles.

The report, released by the Brussels-based International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the labour arm of the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO), tarnishes the Boy Scout image Canada has garnered from its industrialized counterparts. The report’s findings ironically fly in the face of a Canadian reputation — partly created by a whopping endorsement from the UN that the Great White North is the best place in the world to live — for being a fair labour-friendly nation. The ICFTU is calling on the World Trade Organization (WTO) and ILO to require Canada to rectify these problems and thereby restore its good standing with the international bodies.

“Our own hypocrisies are pointed out. We are used to preaching about everyone else.