Manitoba's Labour Reform Bills Stalled - Retail Council of Canada

Manitoba’s Labour Reform Bills Stalled

April 2, 2024

Opposition tactics by the Progressive Conservatives have delayed two pivotal bills from The Labour Relations Act in Manitoba’s legislature, pushing their discussion to the Fall session. The first bill, championed by unions, seeks to replace democratic secret ballot voting with card certification in union drives. The second, which would prohibit replacement workers during strikes, challenges long-standing balanced arbitration processes that have been effective for decades under both NDP and PC governments, and sparks concerns about shifting power dynamics towards unions. Despite the setbacks, the ruling NDP is resolute in their pursuit of these reforms, facing strong opposition from RCC and other stakeholders.