Quebec Government Dismantles Occupational Health and Safety Regime

Defend the Rights of Workers to a Safe Working Environment

Despite strong and broad opposition from workers, unions and organizations that defend injured workers, the Quebec government is proceeding with preparations to pass Bill 59, An Act to modernize the occupational health and safety regime. The Commission that is studying Bill 59 resumed its sessions on August 17. It is carrying out a clause-by-clause study of the bill which the Legault government says it wants passed when the National Assembly reconvenes on September 14.  

Quebec workers are intensifying their fight against this anti-worker, anti-social bill. On August 26, they are organizing a noon-hour demonstration in front of the National Assembly to demand that the bill not be passed and other actions will follow.

The government is serving narrow private interests by treating workers' health and safety as a cost to employers and treating workers themselves as if they are disposable. The government no longer permits workers' organizations to have a say on laws which affect the workers thereby putting workers' health and lives in danger. It must not pass!

To learn more about Bill 59 click here and here.

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August 20, 2021 - No. 72

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