Labour Relations Code Review

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What is this engagement about?

A panel of special advisors is reviewing British Columbia’s Labour Relations Code to ensure B.C.’s unionized workplaces support fair laws for workers and businesses, and are consistent with the labour rights and protections enjoyed by other Canadians. The panel will also assess issues from the perspective of promoting certainty as well as harmonious and stable labour/management relations. The panel is approaching the review in an independent, impartial and balanced manner.
The Terms of Reference for the panel are available here.
A Letter to the Community from the Labour Relations Code Review Panel is available here.
The panel of three people are tasked with providing recommendations, by August 2018, on amending the Labour Relations Code to better support a growing and sustainable economy. The panel will also make sure B.C.’s labour code is consistent with best practices elsewhere in Canada.
The Labour Relations Code establishes the relationships between labour and management – how workers join unions, how employers and unions interact, and how collective bargaining disputes are resolved. The last review of the Code took place in 2003.

How can my contribution make a difference?

The panel would like to hear from people throughout the province, including labour organizations, business/industry stakeholders, individual citizens, and the legal profession. There are two ways you can get involved:

  1. Submit your written feedback by email to no later than March 20, 2018.
  2. Attend an in-person session at one of 10 locations around B.C. (Locations and dates will be available shortly)

Your input will be considered, alongside a review of recent labour law changes in other jurisdictions, to inform the panel’s recommendations to government.

Written Submissions:

If you would like to submit your written comments to the review panel, please respond by email to no later than March 20, 2018. All submissions must be provided as a Word document or PDF and are limited in length to fifteen pages. Questions you may wish to consider include:

  • Which specific sections of the Labour Relations Code do you wish to see amended, and why?
  • What are your top issues or concerns with the existing Code?
  • How do your proposals promote certainty and harmonious and stable labour/management relations?
  • What are your experiences or thoughts about B.C.’s Code, as an employer, as a worker, as a business association, or as a labour organization?
  • Is there anything else you would like the Labour Relations Code review panel to consider when developing their recommendations about amendments to the Code?

Please read the full details of the written submission process on the engagement site.

Regional Meetings:

With the benefit of having received written submissions, we will hold public hearings in communities around B.C. to hear highlights of your submissions. Please read the details of the written submission process, regional meetings and how to schedule an appointment on the engagement site.
A list of locations and dates for those hearings is as follows. Full details on regional meetings are available on the engagement site. The meetings will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at each of the locations below:
March 28, 2018 Vancouver
March 29, 2018 Surrey
April 5, 2018 Courtenay
March 21, 2018 Victoria
March 22, 2018 Prince George
March 23, 2018 Fort St. John
March 26, 2018 Kelowna
March 27, 2018 Kamloops
April 6, 2018 Cranbrook
April 16, 2018 Terrace

Details of the Consultation:

Date: February 19 – April 16, 2018

Status: Open

Location: Province-wide

Category: Government

Type: Email, in-person

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