Unifor has published the fifth factsheet in a series analyzing Alberta Bill 47’s impact to workplace health and safety.
The new factsheet explains the diminished legal obligation for employers to reinstate injured workers after they have recovered. In current regulations, employers have a responsibility (to the point of “undue hardship”) to reinstate workers injured on the job. But under Bill 47, employers no longer have the obligation and may only do so voluntarily or accommodate them through the human rights complaint process.
“Preventative health and safety measures will suffer if employers are relieved of their legal responsibility to re-instate workers who get injured,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Bill 47 is an all-out attack on workplace health and safety.”
Last month Unifor members mobilized a show of solidarity across the province. Unifor vows to escalate actions this year.
“From the pandemic to the workplace, Premier Jason Kenney has proven that he can’t be trusted to keep Albertans safe and our members will not stand for it,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director.