Bill C-257 was introduced as a private member's bill by Bloc Québécois MP Carole Lavallee, which if passed, would prevent the use of replacement workers in the event of a labour strike or lockout. Ms. Lavallee introduced a similar anti-strike breaker bill [Bill C-263], which was defeated by just 12 votes on April 7, 2005. This is the tenth attempt by the Bloc to win anti-strike breaking provisions for workers who are governed under the Canada Labour Code. As was the case the last time, the NDP is expected to join the Bloc and vote solidly in favour of Bill C-257. Labour legislation should treat workers and employers fairly in the event of a strike or lock-out. Both sides must pay an economic consequence in such situations.
The CAW is sending a group to Ottawa to lobby Conservative and Liberal MPs days before the Bill is tabled and will sit in the House of Commons during the vote. Bill C-257 will be voted on in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening, October 25, 2006. As support for this legislation has increased slowly over the years, it is hoped that this time out anti-strike breaker legislation will pass and be enshrined in the Canada Labour Code.
It is anticipated that Prime Minister Harper may try to bind his Cabinet and Parliamentary Secretaries to oppose the Bill, similarly as was done in 2005 by Liberal PM Paul Martin.
Please help support this lobby: Click on the "ACTION" box and send your MP a fax/email telling them to vote in favour of Bill C257.
Tell your Member of Parliament to vote Yes to prohibiting the use of scab labour: Bill C-257 - www.cawcouncil4000.com
Subject: RE: Bill C-257 - Stop Scab Labour
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 11:30:33 -0400
From: "Atamanenko, Alex - M.P."
October 23, 2006
Dear Mr. Livingston
Thank you very much for your e-mail in which you have expressed your concerns regarding Bill C-257 An Act to Amend the Canada Labour Code (replacement workers).
The NDP are long time supporters of workers rights to a fair and just collective bargaining process. I and my colleagues believe we need strong, clear anti-scab legislation to make this happen, and this Bill is a good step forward. I fully support passing this Bill, and making it even stronger when it comes to Committee for debate.
The NDP also has introduced a Bill dealing with anti-scab legislation, Bill C-295, and are working closely with the labour movement, and the Canadian Labour Congress to get this legislation through.
Please be assured that I will continue to work with my NDP colleagues to make sure this Bill moves forward.
For your information, I have taken the liberty of providing you with a copy of a speech by the NDP Labour Critic, Ms. Libby Davies, MP, on the issue of Bill C-257.
Again, thank you very much for writing. If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Alex Atamanenko, MP
BC Southern Interior