Farmers are concerned about upcoming working groups consulting on the Farm Safety Bill.
They are worried as only 23 of the 78 people picked are farmers.
Vandervalk, farmer and Alberta VP of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, thinks it’s clearly not about farm safety.
“It is about big labour as we said,” explains Vandervalk. “We knew that this working group would come out sort of one-sided, a little one-sided, but this is just ridiculous and there are as many union people, not just people but people who work for unions, than there are actual farmers.”
He thinks they are working against the wishes of farmers.
Vandervalk says they suspected the working groups would be one-sided towards labour, but think this is worse than they thought.
“You take the six chairs and not one of them is a farmer,” explains Vandervalk. “They’re either lawyers or actual mediators, facilitators for actual unions, professors for unions. It’s crazy.”
Vandervalk thinks the list of people selected is ridiculous, pointing to a nurse being in the group.
The groups will be looking at occupational health and safety rules, labour relations and employment standards for farms in Alberta.
The regulations are to be ready by late 2017. (twd, Newstalk770)