BC Liberals Pushing through anti-Union Legislation

by Stephen Petrina on March 13, 2012

The BC Government approved on party lines an order to push through the anti-union/ anti-BCTF Bill 22.  The approved order states that “on or or before Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. all remaining proceedings relating to Bill (No. 22) shall be completed and disposed of.”  This rush to undermine fair bargaining rights in BC precludes thoughtful debate and the opposition party’s ability to amend or defer the legislation.  The NDP has amended Bill 22 for “cooler heads to prevail” and bring in a mediator to settle the labour dispute.  This is an option requested by the BCTF as well.

Repeatedly with Bill 22, through just a 3-day strike by the BCTF, the Liberals have insisted that legislation is needed for a “cooling off” or “cooling out” period while all along heating up the environment for undermining labour relations in the province.  Heating up for cooling down.  We’ve seen this too many times before with the BC Liberals.