Striking Down on the Real Issues about Labour Laws!
by she2lby on October 23, 2017 - 2:33pm
In large companies, it is a benefit for some to be unionized because this means they’re protected from being laid off or mistreated by their employers. But, being unionized doesn’t mean it makes anything easier for them, in terms of having a fair treatment. Sometimes it means that the workers must negotiate, but when that doesn’t work, they strike! In a recent news release published on May 10, 2017, by Canadian News Wire, they discuss the on-going strike that happened at the CEZinc located in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. The 371 unionized workers have been on the picket line since Feb. 12, 2017, and the Quebec’s Ministry of Labour just announced that they had found the illegal use of strikebreakers by the company that owns the CEZinc; Noranada Income Fund. In the event of a strike, in the province of Quebec, it is illegal to hire external companies when the employees are on strike, it is the part of the anti-scab legislation. What was found that the employers hired three sub-contractors to replace the workers and to try to keep up the production rate, being that they are the second largest zinc production plant in North America. The union representative said that "The best way for this company to get back to operating, as usual, is to negotiate a fair deal with its employees." These types of issues have been happening not only in Quebec but all of Canada as well.
Articles in the Journal of Labor Economics could help to find a solution to these strikes because it has articles that discuss passed strikes and analysis of how to use the bargaining power of the employees. Another journal that would help would be the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health because it discusses struggles that other unions have had in the past and how they dealt with it. As well as the Journal of Labor History because it talks about scabs that have played a role in the agricultural labor replacement and other events where scabs where used.