Alberta's new labour law breaks old ground while undermining unions - 2020-07-08

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F185.png Alberta's new labour law breaks old ground while undermining unions July 8, 2020, David Climenhaga, blogs, rabble.ca

Yesterday, Premier Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party introduced a bill called the Restoring Balance in Alberta's Workplaces Act that is clearly intended to push labour relations in Alberta back toward the 19th century.

High among Bill 32's changes, which Labour Minister Jason Copping ludicrously tried to pass off as post-COVID-19 economic stimulus and red tape reduction, was a provision allowing 13- and 14-year-olds to be put to work in jobs that even under past Progressive Conservative governments required a special permit.

"This economic crisis due to COVID-19 has been especially difficult for our youth, who are already struggling to find employment here in Alberta," Copping piously read from his talking points during an "embargoed news conference" with mostly compliant mainstream reporters on the line yesterday morning.

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