Labour

St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

The National Day of Mourning, first created by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984 and now observed in 100 countries around the world, serves as a reminder that workplaces continue to be dangerous, even as steady advances are made in legislation to protect workers.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

The provincial House of Assembly closed for the summer today after the governing party, with no resistance from the official opposition, rushed through legislation that took away workers’ rights introduced just two years ago.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader and Labour Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is reiterating the long-standing message that the province needs anti-scab legislation to ensure fairness in labour negotiations.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says she will be following the situation in western Labrador very closely to ensure government is doing its utmost in the wake of the news that Cliffs Resources is shutting down operations at its Scully Mine.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants to know why government has refused to consider a recommendation from the Voisey’s Bay Industrial Inquiry Commission – the recommendation, she believes, that would mean the province’s economy would not have to deal with lengthy strikes.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL:Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

Government rejected a call by the Voisey's Bay Industrial Inquiry Commission to provide a process for the imposition of a collective agreement when all else has failed, the only recommendation that they out-and-out refused to consider.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the former Baie Verte miners suffering from asbestos-related diseases should get be getting more consideration from government. She is particularly appalled the cabinet minister who should be helping them conveyed his decision to the media rather than directly to the workers.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is not backing down from her demand that government level the labour relations playing field by introducing anti-scab legislation. The legislation, which is in place in other Canadian provinces, would take away the unfair advantage given to employers who can hire non-union members to do the work of striking employees.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

Labatt Breweries is using its forty-five workers in the Province to try to set a baseline for negotiations worldwide.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) continues to demand anti-scab legislation for this province. The NDP has been vocal on this issue for years; government committed to the measure in 2007 but has since apparently reneged.

 

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