Canadian Labor Laws and the Treaty

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CHAPTER V
FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYED

"The right of association for all lawful purposes by the employed as well as by the employers." (Treaty of Peace: Article 427, 2.)

This in respect to the employed should include agricultural workers on an equal basis with industrial workers ( 1921 convention).

THERE has been a very considerable development of association in Canada by both employers and workers, as the Department of Labor's annual reports on Organization in Industry, Commerce and the Professions and on Labour Organization bear witness. But for the most part, while employers' associations have frequently urged their views with regard to proposed labor legislation upon Parliament and the legislatures, they have been little used for the purposes of industrial relations. Legislation governing trade unions began with a British combination act, copied in Nova Scotia in 1816. Agricultural workers seem to have the same rights of association as industrial workers.1


FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION FOR THE EMPLOYED

Conspiracy, Picketing and the Damage Suit

The common-law doctrine of criminal conspiracy was accepted in the early colonies of British North America and in Nova Scotia it was reenforced by a combination act passed in 1816. But even before this there was legislation to prevent workmen agreeing on wage rates, "An act for restraining the exorbitant price of labour," passed by the

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Cf. supra, p. 43.

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