QUEBEC, Sep 9, 2014. / CNW Telbec / – The Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale, Sam Hamad, reiterated the importance of marking the right of association of some farm workers in order ensure the sustainability of farms with less than three employees. He argues that the adoption of the Bill o 8, currently under consideration in the National Assembly, would meet the need in addition to confer rights on workers they employ.
The bill applies only to farms with fewer than three employees regular and continuous basis. For example, on a farm that meets this definition, the owner could temporarily make use of the additional labor, particularly during the harvest season, without being subject to the general provisions of the Labour Code.
“This bill proposes to establish a model of labor relations suited to small farms face a challenging business environment and especially vulnerable to the changing seasons and the vagaries of climate. At the same time, it proposes to recognize a right of association for individual workers, “said Minister of Labour.
Since its inception, the Labour Code had never allowed unionization in this specific type of farms. The bill includes provisions that would now affected workers to be represented by an association. They could make representations to their employer on their working conditions. These exchanges should be conducted diligently and in good faith. In case of violation of these special provisions, complaints may be filed with the Commission des relations du travail (CRT).
“I have confidence in the mechanism of action than we expected and the ability of CRT to decide in cases of dispute. The changes we propose are necessary to ensure the survival of many of our vegetable producers. Do not protect tantamount to jeopardize the jobs of those who work there, “said Hamad.
Since its adoption in 1964, the Labour Code limited access to unionization in small farms. An association of agricultural workers could be certified only if its members worked in a firm employing more than three employees, and this regular and continuous basis.
April 16, 2010, in the context of an application for certification, the CRT declared unconstitutional and therefore inoperative provision of the Labour Code. The Quebec Superior Court affirmed in March 2013, the CRT decision imposing a deadline for the legislature to rectify the situation, what comes to the Bill o 8.