â€œThe Liberals showed a lack of leadership with respect to workersâ€™ rights,â€� said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. â€œThe NDP will continue to fight for the rights of workers across the country.â€�
The anti-scab bill responds to longstanding calls from unions and similar bills have been tabled 14 times in the House of Commons. Unfortunately none of them passed the first reading. New Democrats will continue to put pressure on the government to improve the right to collective bargaining and working conditions.
â€œThis vote shows the governmentâ€™s true intentions. The Liberals are abandoning workers across the country,â€� added Karine Trudel (JonquiÃ¨re), NDP Deputy Labour critic and sponsor of the bill. â€œThe use of scabs infringes on workersâ€™ ability to negotiate and hurts labour relations. Itâ€™s disappointing to see the Liberals refuse to protect the right to free collective bargaining in Canada,â€� Trudel concluded.