NDP: No decision yet on labour review
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NDP: No decision yet on labour review

Labour Minister Christina Gray says the NDP government has made no decisions yet on whether to change the process of union certification or even when it will proceed with its overhaul of labour laws.

The minister made the comments Wednesday at an announcement of new skills training funding.

The government's two-pronged review of the Labour Relations Code and the Employment Standards Code has caused concern among many business groups who feel consultations have been rushed.

The Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties meanwhile have accused the Notley government of planning to move away from secret ballots for union drives in favour of a card-check process in a bid to drive up union membership.

But Gray said the government is still analyzing what it heard during its consultations, which saw 5,000 Albertans and1,000 employers complete a provincial survey.

"Right now I'm reviewing the submissions and what Albertans are saying to us about the labour code, including certification, as well as employment standards, before we make our decisions on what our next steps look like," she said.

The NDP has also made no decision yet on whether it will introduce legislation by this fall to amend provincial labour laws, said Gray.

Gray's event Wednesday was at Motive Action Calgary, which provides training and work experience for youth in auto services, auto body, heavy mechanics and welding.

The province is putting an additional $10 million over two years to organizations such as Motive Action that provide skills training to workers. The hike in the spring budget will see 11 more organizations get funding and raises the total amount to $17 million.

Kaylee Mannhardt, who went through the Motive Action program, said such training can change a person's life.

"They helped me get a job I never thought I would have," she said.


source : Calgary SUN
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