Thursday, June 14, 2007

Canada: Unionism a human right

Supreme Court of CanadaCanada's Supreme Court has endorsed collective bargaining as both a human and a constitution right. It is thought that the decision (excerpts below) represents the strongest support for collective bargaining ever to come out of a Court.
  • "The right to collective bargaining is a fundamental right endorsed by the members of the ILO in joining the Organization, which they have an obligation to respect, to promote and to realize in good faith."
  • "The right to bargain collectively with an employer enhances the human dignity, liberty and autonomy of workers by giving them the opportunity to influence the establishment of workplace rules and thereby gain some control over a major aspect of their lives, namely their work."
  • "Collective bargaining is not simply an instrument for pursuing external ends... rather [it] is intrinsically valuable as an experience in self-government."
  • "Collective bargaining permits workers to achieve a form of workplace democracy and to ensure the rule of law in the workplace."

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