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Trudeau Minister Moves to Ban Scab Workers in Labor Disputes

Workers demonstrate picket during a Canadian Pacific Railway strike in Calgary on March 20, 2022.

Workers demonstrate picket during a Canadian Pacific Railway strike in Calgary on March 20, 2022.

Photographer: Gavin John/Bloomberg

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government took a key step in fulfilling its promise to ban the use of replacement workers during strikes or lockouts in Canada.

Labor Minister Seamus O’Regan announced the start of consultations Wednesday on anti-scab legislation for unionized workers in federally regulated sectors, including international and cross-provincial transportation services, telecommunications and banks. The consultations will take place with both employers and unions.