Canada’s anti-replacement workers legislation moves forward

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The Canadian government’s Bill C-58, which bans the use of replacement workers during strikes or lockouts in federally regulated industries, has passed second reading in the House of Commons and is moving toward further review by Committee. This legislation, supported by the Liberal and NDP parties as well as endorsed by the Conservatives, aims to strengthen collective bargaining and improve workers’ rights across Canada. However, it has faced criticism from industry groups and concerns about the potential for prolonged strikes and greater union power. The bill will only be enacted 18 months after its final passage, timing its implementation close to the next federal election in 2025. Critics argue the bill could disrupt critical services and have significant economic impacts, while proponents see it as a step towards fairer labour relations and supply chain stability.

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