OTTAWA — Open-shop advocate Merit Canada has released a five-point pre-election plan it says is designed to “unleash significant, sustainable and shared prosperity for all Canadians.”
The plan, titled Building Confidence in Canada: Growing National Prosperity, was released Sept. 16. Its five “pillars” are investment, trade and growth; open and fair government procurement; responsible resource development; building enabling and sustainable infrastructure; and skills, training and education.
“A growing economy provides people with jobs and governments with tax revenues to pay for health, education and social programs,” said Walter Pamic of Merit Canada. “Merit Canada is providing the blueprint to support a strong construction sector which employs approximately 1.5 million men and women, grow our economy and ensure prosperity for all Canadians.”
The paper recommends that policy makers review the Canada Labour Code to ensure that it provides labour market flexibility and balanced labour relations and employment standards policies.
“This must begin with restoration of a workers’ right to a secret ballot vote during union certification processes in federally regulated workplaces. There is no more fundamental democratic value than the right to a secret ballot, and workers should have that right when they are deciding if they should join a union,” states the document.
Merit is also advocating to ensure any federal apprenticeship funding is provided without preference or favour to union, non-affiliated union or non-union workers.