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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is welcoming legislation introduced by the federal government to repeal the anti-unions bills C-377 and C-525.

“This is good news for all Canadian workers. These bills were nothing more than political attacks on unions and we are happy that the new government is moving quickly to correct these wrongs,” said Mark Hancock, national president of CUPE. “This is a good step in re-establishing a sense of respect for unions, the democratic voice of working people.”

Introduced by the former Conservative federal government, Bill C-525 made it harder for workers in federally regulated workplaces to unionized. Bill C-377 was introduced to weaken trade unions with unnecessary and punitive reporting requirements.

“As democratic organizations, CUPE and all unions in Canada are already accountable to their members,” said Charles Fleury, national secretary-treasurer of CUPE. “With these handcuffs removed, CUPE and the entire the Canadian labour movement will be able to continue working on behalf of their members and all Canadian workers.”

Photo: Parliament Buildings by John and Melanie (Illingworth) Kotsopoulos is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0