The NDP government is considering making changes to Alberta’s labour laws and they are looking for input from you, businesses, unions and social agencies.
In the coming weeks, Labour Minister Christina Gray will be meeting with the different groups to discuss what could be changed and an online survey is available for you to have your say right now.
A Calgary labour lawyer doesn’t think Alberta’s labour laws need to be changed.
Lawyer Tom Ross said adjustments have been made in the past and nothing major is needed.
Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations Code have not been changed in nearly 30 years and the NDP is looking at maternity, paternal and compassionate care leaves, the employment insurance program and collective bargaining.
They are also considering introducing leave for care of critically ill children.
“I’m certainly not hearing a wholesale need for changes, it very much depends on who you ask with different perspectives within the labour community on that but I would say there isn’t a need for major changes,” explained Ross.
Ross is also concerned about the NDP discussing changes with unions.
“That is certainly a concern of many of the people in the business community and in respect to the labour code changes they’ve identified, there have already been submissions made, both public and private, by various unions to this government and certainly there is concern about what those proposals are and how they will be dealt with in this review,” explained Ross.
Gray said the information will be used in shaping future legislation. (twd, Newstalk770, The Canadian Press)