FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2011
HALIFAX – This evening, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) will appear before the Law Amendments Committee of the Legislature to urge government to scrap plans to introduce Bill 102, “An Act to Prevent Unnecessary Labour Disruptions and Protect the Economy.” Despite the business community’s objections, government has introduced first contract legislation that allows it to impose a first collective agreement on employers after only 120 days.
“Business operators in Nova Scotia can’t understand the need for this legislation,” say Luc Erjavec, CRFA’s Atlantic Canada Vice President. “Nova Scotia has one of the best labour relations environments with one of fewest lost days due to strikes in the country. In fact, in 2010 there was not a single strike or lockout in the province.”
“It is incomprehensible that government is completely ignoring the views of the business community at a time when Nova Scotians want their government to focus on jobs and the economy,” continues Erjavec. “Forcing this bill on Nova Scotians will not create or protect a single job. The only thing it does is appease big labour and powerful unions.”
CRFA is one of Canada’s largest business associations, with more than 30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and other foodservice providers. Nova Scotia’s $1.6-billion foodservice industry employs more than 30,000 people in communities across the province.
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