Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Plans to End 68-Year Snub of UN Workers' Rights Convention

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Plans to End 68-Year Snub of UN Workers' Rights Convention

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Canada to end 68-year snub of labour treaty

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OTTAWA - After 68 years of resistance, Canada is changing its mind and plans to ratify an international treaty that affirms the labour rights of workers -- a move that sets it apart from its NAFTA partners in the U.S. and Mexico.

The Liberals say Canada's decision to accede to a key International Labour Organization convention -- known as Convention No. 98 -- shows its support of the right of workers to organize.

But Canada had been one of about two dozen countries, including the United States and Mexico, that have resisted joining the treaty since the early years of the founding of the United Nations.

The government has previously said the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was a good enough vehicle to ensure the protection of the freedom of assembly and association.

However a briefing note prepared for the government in 2015 argued that the time had come to join the 1949 convention.

The memo, prepared by the Privy Council Office, says joining the treaty would enable Canada to better work towards protecting workers' rights around the world. …

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