CANROC Statement on Back-to-Work Legislation

June 27, 2011

The use of back-to-work legislation by the Canadian federal government is an abuse of power, a violation of labour rights and unconstitutional.

The Canadian Regional Organizing Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World denounces the government’s recent use of back-to-work legislation in the cases of Air Canada and Canada Post workers.

This practice undermines the rights of workers to collectively bargain with their employers and is a plain violation of both the Canadian Charter of Rights and of international labour standards to which Canada has agreed at the International Labor Organization at the United Nations. Arbitration does nothing more than delay the resolution of ongoing disputes and as such hurts workers.

IWW members have walked the line with these workers wherever they are and we encourage them in their struggle for justice on the job.

Whether the struggle is on the shop floor or on the streets, workers know that solidarity is the key to victory. We don’t need the government’s permission to strike or collectively bargain. We just need each other.

in solidarity,

Canadian Regional Organizing Committee representatives