The Union of Canadian Transportation Employees is hailing new Quebec legislation that prohibits employers from imposing two-tier pension and benefit plans in Quebec workplaces. The victory comes after years of hard work by labour activists and their unions in that province who lobbied and organized and even took strike action to resist employer’s demands to penalize younger workers.
Now, UCTE is calling on the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) to follow the lead of the workers and their labour organizations in Quebec to push for similar legislation at the federal level. UCTE National President Dave Clark said “Everyday across the country UCTE members are fighting employers who want to take away the basic pension and benefit rights of new employees. It is time that their cause and this issue became a national priority for the Canadian trade union movement.”
He announced that on behalf of UCTE members he would be writing to both PSAC National President Chris Aylward and CLC President Hassan Yussuff, who also happens to be a member of UCTE, to call on them to raise this issue at their Executive levels and to encourage all unions in Canada to join this campaign.
“We cannot allow young workers to be treated as second-class citizens,” said Clark. “There should be only one type of worker, a unionized one, with full rights, benefits and at the end of their working career, a decent pension to live on.”