British Columbia has a minority NDP government which relies on the support of three Green Party members. The NDP Government indicated that it would update B.C.’s Labour Relations Code during their term in office. Government appointed a three-member Labour Relations Code review panel to make recommendations on updating the Code. The panel’s report was released by government in late October.
RCC worked with other business associations to create a common response to the report which represents the views of the significant majority of B.C.’s employers. RCC’s specific concerns arise from proposals to end secret-ballot certification and proposals for sectoral certification, which would damage the competitive landscape within the retail industry. RCC is content with the panel’s report which avoids a “pendulum swing” that has been typical of previous changes of the Labour Relations Code.