Pallister Government Blocks Bill That Would Have Recognized Workers’ Rights, Protected Incomes

The Pallister government has turned its back on workers by blocking an NDP bill that would have required the province to recognize and honour the constitutional right to collective bargaining, Labour Critic Tom Lindsey said today.

“All families benefit from the workplace advances that have been won through collective bargaining over many years in Manitoba,” Lindsey said. “But this government wants to tear up contracts and roll back those advances. This is completely disrespectful to workers, to families and to all Manitobans.”

Pallister Shows Disrespect for Frontline Workers With Single-minded Focus on Austerity: Lindsey

The Pallister government has once again showed its disrespect for frontline workers and their unions by refusing to work with them in good faith, NDP MLA Tom Lindsey said today.

“While we’re happy the government has finally met with labour leaders – nearly eight months after being elected – today’s meeting with Finance Minister Cameron Friesen appears to be nothing but a smokescreen with a predetermined outcome,” Lindsey said. “Despite his earlier promises, the premier didn’t bother to attend the meeting. It’s clear he’s not interested in listening to the concerns of frontline workers and doesn’t want their input into government policy. It’s also clear he’s setting the stage for tearing up contracts, freezing wages and cutting services.”

Stop Bill 7!

Pallister's Conservatives are trying to undermine the rights of workers by pushing Bill 7 through the legislature. The bill would scrap the current card check system of allowing automatic union certification when a super-majority -- 65 per cent -- of employees sign union cards. Similar legislation was introduced last year by Stephen Harper's Conservatives at the federal level but is now being repealed.

Bill 7 is a step backwards for labour relations in Manitoba, and must be stopped!

Pallister Government Delays its Own Legislation To Muzzle Voices of Public & MLAs: Lindsey

The Pallister government is intentionally delaying introducing its own anti-labour bill in order to limit the time the public and members of the Legislative Assembly can voice their concerns, NDP MLA Tom Lindsey said today.

“Manitobans deserve a debate on Bill 7,” Lindsey said. “The only reason to delay introducing it is to muzzle the voices of Manitobans and members of the Legislative Assembly who know this anti-labour legislation is going to make it harder for workers to improve conditions in the workplace.”

Pallister Government Funding Cuts and Indifference Cast Pall Over Labour Day Celebrations

Labour Day has traditionally been a time to honour the contributions of workers to creating this great province, but the Pallister government is casting a dark cloud over this year’s celebrations, NDP Finance Critic James Allum said today.

“Pallister is slamming the brakes on projects across the province and he’s already hurting the economy,” said Allum. “Pallister’s first budget cut tens of millions from infrastructure, which includes hospitals, schools and highways. Now we see they won’t help communities that are going through tough times and people are losing their jobs.”