Manitoba passes labour-friendly bill

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2001

Opposition Tories and business leaders fought long and hard but in the end Manitoba’s NDP government passed changes to the province’s Labour Relations Act that make union certification easier.

Debate went on in the legislature between the Opposition and Premier Gary Doer’s government until the early hours of the morning before Bill 44, An Act to Amend the Labour Relations Act, was finally passed, ending the legislative session until it reconvenes later this fall.

Union leaders rallied behind the bill calling it a restoration of workers’ rights, those lost under the decade-long Tory rule in the province. The act will restore some of the provisions of the Labour Relations Act that were repealed four years ago when the Tories were in power.