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Anti-scab suffers from MP flip-flops

On Wednesday, March 21 on Parliament Hill Bill C-257, to ban the use of scabs in labour disputes in the federal jurisdiction, was defeated, as almost half the Liberal Caucus joined the Conservatives to defeat this crucial labour legislation. Every NDP and Bloc Québécois Member of Parliament supported the Bill. 41 Liberals and 1 lone Conservative voted in favour of banning scabs.

The CLCs lobbying efforts were bolstered by over 130 activists on the Hill over the week, meeting with their Members of Parliament and by thousands of phone calls, emails and faxes to MPs by union members across the country. The Bill originally had strong Liberal support at second reading, but lost in the final vote after a Liberal flip-flop that saw 29 Liberals switch their vote from yeas to nays.

Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, at a reception after the vote said "workers in Canada can hold their heads up with pride today. Even though weve suffered a set-back, Members of Parliament from coast to coast know the power of the labour movement and know we can mobilize Canadians around workers issues. In our next federal election, working Canadians should remember this day and ask themselves the question who is really on our side?"

The CLC hosted a reception afterwards for MPs and staff who worked on the Anti-Scab campaign. Jack Layton, Leader of the NDP and Gilles Duceppe, Leader of the Bloc Québécois showed their solidarity with Canadian Labour at the reception alongside other MPs and anti-scab supporters.


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