Health and Safety
Bill C-4 took away the democratic rights of federal public sector employees and seriously undermines the health and safety protections in the Canada Labour Code covering workers under federal jurisdiction.
The employer has the unfettered right to determine what constitutes an essential service and which workers perform essential services.
Public sector workers are no longer able to choose their dispute resolution process - conciliation/strike or arbitration.
Arbitration boards are no longer independent.
Compensation analysis and research services, which were key functions of the Public Service Labour Relations Board, have been eliminated.
Laid off workers
This bill means fewer rights for laid off workers and changed the definition of “danger” to only include “imminent” risks.
Health and Safety Officers
All authority and powers of Health and Safety Officers has been placed with the Minister.
The law prevents public service employees from filing discrimination complaints with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
February 1, 2016