R & F Labour News Update – November 2, 2015

Quebec’s public sector to get new government offer following strike days | Workplace violence makes nursing one of Canada’s most dangerous professions | Saskatchewan poised to break Canada Health Act, union claims | New country, new job – new risks | Watchdog orders nurses’ union to stop recruiting in B.C. | School Boards shelve extra-curricular activities amid teacher job action | Opposing unfree labour: a nationwide campaign for migrant worker rights | Collective action delivers: Canada Post cuts halted

 

Quebec’s public sector to get new government offer following strike daysquebecstrike
October 31, cbc.ca
The multi-union Common Front protest movement, comprising about 400,000 civil servants, has been gaining steam this past week, as more than just teachers are coming out to denounce the government’s style of negotiating and demand better wages.

Workplace violence makes nursing one of Canada’s most dangerous professions
October 31, thestar.com
Between 2008 and 2013, there were more than 4,000 reported incidents of workplace violence against Canada’s registered nurses and licensed practical nurses that were serious enough to prevent them going to work, according to data analyzed from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada. That surpasses the number reported by police officers and firefighters put together.

Saskatchewan poised to break Canada Health Act, union claims
October 30, cbc.ca
One of the largest unions representing workers in the health care sector claims that Saskatchewan is on the verge of violating the Canada Health Act with legislation that allows for MRIs by a private supplier.

New country, new job – new risks
October 30, rankandfile.ca
Immigrant workers are amongst Canada’s most vulnerable when it comes to their health and safety on the job. Research findings from the Institute for Work and Health (IWH) point to three main reasons for this growing reality: not knowing their legal rights, working in jobs without experience or hazard specific training, and being unlikely to raise health and safety concerns for fear of losing the jobs that is keeping them afloat.

Watchdog orders nurses’ union to stop recruiting in B.C.
October 29, theglobeandmail.com
The recent order is part of a campaign over the past few years in which the 42,000-member BCNU has been trying to expand its membership by signing up workers represented by other unions.

School Boards shelve extra-curricular activities amid teacher job action
October 28, cbc.ca
Everything from volleyball practices to choir rehearsals are being cancelled at English public elementary schools across the northeast, as teachers are refusing to supervise extra curricular activities as part of an ongoing job action against the province.

Opposing unfree labour: a nationwide campaign for migrant worker rights
October 28, rankandfile.ca
Yesterday, a new organization, the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights – Canada (CMWRC), called on Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to end the practice of tying migrant workers to specific employers. They’re kicking off the campaign, MoVE – Mobility, Voice and Equality for Migrant Workers – with five press conferences across the country. They’re asking people who support the campaign to email Trudeau.

Collective action delivers: Canada Post cuts halted
October 27, rankandfile.ca
The campaign has had its ups and downs, stop and starts, but a lot of people have continued to work together to keep the issue alive. This activism is what made the cuts at Canada Post an election issue. It forced the major parties to make the future of Canada Post part of their campaigns.

 

 

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