Restrictions of Labour Rights in Canada Published: May 25th 2011 Source:
A new report by the ITUC on core labour
standards in Canada, published to coincide with the World Trade
Organisation’s (WTO) review of its trade policies, finds some
significant workers’ rights restrictions.
Despite the fact that federal law grants workers
in both public and private sectors the right to join and form trade
unions, many restrictions of trade union rights exist due to the
legal regimes in force in several Canadian provinces. Furthermore
provincial governments frequently use back-to-work legislation to
unilaterally end strikes by their employees.
The report also finds that, although the laws of Canada prohibit
discrimination, women still face a considerable pay gap and the
labour market is segregated on gender lines.
Canada has only ratified five of the eight ILO international core
Report for the WTO General
Council Review of the Trade Policies
of Canada (Geneva, 25 and 27 may