Uncertain economy, legislative changes to influence labour relations in 2018

Real recognition of need to tackle precarious, uncertain work: Unifor
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/13/2018

While the Canadian economy rebounded in 2017, an uncertain global climate coupled with legislative changes across Canada could make for a challenging bargaining environment in 2018, according to a report from the Conference Board of Canada.

“2017 was a surprisingly good year... so we had a fairly quickly moving economy and a lot of job growth. The challenge there is that some of those drivers of GDP are not necessarily in heavily sustainable areas, so our economists do expect that’ll slow down a little bit in 2018,” said Monica Haberl, research associate and executive network manager, total rewards and labour relations research, at the Conference Board of Canada in Ottawa.

“There are also a few global factors, an uncertain global climate, challenges with trade… that create some uncertainty, so we expect employers, despite that good year in 2017, to be proceeding with caution in the coming year.”