Arthurs' Report on Federal Labour
Working Canadians Want Adoption of Many
OTTAWA, ONTARIO- Oct. 30, 2006 - The Canadian
Labour Congress welcomes the Arthurs' Report on
Part III of the Canada Labour Code as a very
positive basis for reform of federal labour
standards legislation and administration. The
Final Report by Commissioner Harry Arthurs on
the Review of Part III, Federal Labour Standards
(Canada Labour Code) is an important document
because it is the first thorough official review
of working standards at the federal level since
"This Report offers practical and overdue
recommendations to implement employment
standards that fit the times. The nature of work
and the faces of the workforce have changed in
the forty-one years since Part III of the Canada Labour Code was adopted," say Ken Georgetti,
president and Hassan Yussuff,
secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Labour
Congress who, served as labour advisors to
"Both Hassan and I feel that Professor Arthurs
consulted widely and appropriately with labour,
employers, experts and community groups. His
Report is, overall, fair and balanced," adds
Canadian labour particularly welcomes the
recommendation for a federal minimum wage which
would be a living wage, sufficient to keep a
single full-time earner above the poverty line.
The Report also recommends improved rights to
leaves and limits on long hours.
Hassan Yussuff explains: "We need standards that
reflect the reality of the majority of today's
workers who have employment relationships that
are part-time, temporary, contract, with
variable schedules or "non standard" in many
other ways. The Arthurs' Report recommendations
would allow these workers to better balance
employment with family, learning, and other
To that effect, Yussuff also welcomes the very
clear focus on ensuring employer compliance with
standards which would make Labour Canada
inspectors much more effective in ensuring that
workers' rights are respected.
Canadian labour has some concerns over the
extent to which employers in non-union
workplaces might be allowed to vary standards
with respect to hours and work schedules.
"We anticipate consultations on the Report. Mr.
Arthurs does not have the last word and we do
not agree with all of his recommendations.
However, he has given us a very clear and useful
road map to reform," Georgetti concludes.
The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice
of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million
Canadian workers. The CLC brings together
Canada's national and international unions along
with the provincial and territorial federations
of labour and 135 district labour councils. Web