/
/
/
/
/
Unions are a force for good in the country: BC Minister of Labour

Unions are a force for good in the country: BC Minister of Labour

KELOWNA – Addressing the CUPE Western Municipal Conference, BC Minister of Labour Harry Bains highlighted the stark differences between the western provinces in their approach to affordability and employment rights.

“Benefits and rights earned through hard work can be taken away with the stroke of a pen, and where this has occurred it is motivated by ideologically-driven governments who are seeking to make money for their friends and supporters,” said Bains.

Bains went on to talk about the work of the BC government to make life more affordable, improve the services people rely on, and create a strong and sustainable economy that works for all British Columbians. He said that fair labour and employment laws are key to achieving those goals because they ensure the benefits of the economy are distributed throughout our communities, and not just to those at the top.

“It matters who the government is,” said Bains as he listed the many accomplishments of the BC NDP government that contrast with the ideological direction of other western provincial governments. The elimination of child labour, the creation of higher safety standards, increases to the minimum wage, safeguards against contract flipping, and provisions to ensure that corporations are held accountable for negligent acts that result in worker injuries were all among the key accomplishments highlighted by Bains.

“Workers are the backbone of our economy, and they need protections,” said Bains. “Workers should come home safe at the end of their shift—and anything less is unacceptable.”

 

Share this
Share on facebook
Share on twitter

Latest News

CUPE members demonstrate how Education Assistants can help create thousands of new childcare spaces across BC

CUPE members demonstrate how Education Assistants can help create thousands of new childcare spaces across BC

May 20, 2022
COBBLE HILL – Arlene and Leanne are Education Assistants (EAs) in Cobble Hill, a small community in the Cowichan Valley. Together they staff the first before- and after-school program operated…
COBBLE HILL – Arlene and Leanne are Education Assistants (EAs) in Cobble Hill, a small community in the Cowichan Valley. Together they staff the first before- and after-school program operated...

Health Care presidents reissue call for more sector support

Health Care presidents reissue call for more sector support

May 19, 2022
BURNABY—The community health sector continues to suffer from systemic challenges arising from staffing shortages, workload, and mental health issues and needs more support in these areas, CUPE’s Health Care Presidents…
BURNABY—The community health sector continues to suffer from systemic challenges arising from staffing shortages, workload, and mental health issues and needs more support in these areas, CUPE’s Health Care Presidents...

Richmond school district budget must prioritize vital services for students

Richmond school district budget must prioritize vital services for students

May 18, 2022
RICHMOND– Protecting vital services students and families depend on in the Richmond School District must be the priority in tackling budget shortfalls, says the union representing Richmond public school workers….
RICHMOND– Protecting vital services students and families depend on in the Richmond School District must be the priority in tackling budget shortfalls, says the union representing Richmond public school workers....