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Unifor vows to continue fighting Kenney's anti-worker law

July 29, 2020 - 3:00 AM

EDMONTON—Unifor members have resolved to continue to defend their rights at work after the all-night session of the legislature eased the passage of Bill 32.

“Bill 32 is a blatant attack on workers’ constitutional rights. There is absolutely no way we will comply with it,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Jason Kenny is turning back the clock on workers’ rights to benefit his wealthiest corporate donors.”

While working Albertans slept last night, the UCP government used rare parliamentary procedure to force an end to the legislature’s debate on Bill 32 and expedite its passage this morning. The bill has been panned by unions as an attempt to place even greater limits on workers’ collective voices while letting corporate influence continue unfettered.

“I’ve heard from Unifor members across the province, from the Oilsands to education workers in Calgary, and we are united to defend workers’ rights,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “Trump’s labour laws have no place in Alberta.”

Unifor is encouraging all workers, union or not, to stand up for better workplace conditions and freedom of speech at afl.org/defend-worker-rights and monitor Unifor’s Bill 32 resource page for updates about the campaign.

As part of the broader fight-back strategy, Unifor is working with the Alberta Federation of Labour on a legal challenge to Bill 32.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

To arrange for interviews, in-person or via Skype/Facetime, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).