Nova Scotia Federation of Labour applauds introduction of anti-scab legislation

March 19, 2024

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL) celebrates the landmark introduction of anti-scab legislation by the Nova Scotia NDP today. This follows the introduction of a similar federal law which received all-party support. Today the Manitoba government is also showing its commitment to strengthening workers’ rights in their province with the introduction of anti-scab legislation.

NSFL President Danny Cavanagh heralds the introduction of the anti-scab legislation in Nova Scotia as a significant milestone in our history. He urges all parties to follow the federal example and support this legislation for fairer labour laws and preserving workers’ rights and dignity, as proposed in the NDP bill.

“Anti-scab legislation already exists in Quebec and British Columbia, and is soon to be implemented in Manitoba, and has been recently introduced at the federal level.

“We hope Nova Scotia will follow suit with all-party support. It is evident that such legislation diminishes the intensity and length of labour disputes, promotes workplace stability, and restores balance in collective bargaining,” says Cavanagh.

“We often hear politicians voice their support for workers and now they have an opportunity to back up their words with actions. The use of replacement workers, or ‘scabs,’ not only undermines the right to strike, a right protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but also disproportionately tips the scales against workers.

“We commend the NS NDP for their unwavering commitment to workers’ rights. This bill aligns with the progressive steps taken in Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba and at the federal level. We are optimistic for its passage and eagerly anticipate its transformative impact on workers’ rights in our province,” says Cavanagh.

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