Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting
course of their work they move back and forfh daily across the interprovincial boundary.
Throughout the war years, the company's operations were subject in matters of labour relations to P.C. 1003 and to the wage control order. The return of jurisdiction over labour relations and wages and working conditions to the provinces has raised a problem of unique difficulty both to the provinces and to the company with respect to the application of provincial legislation governing labour relations and terms and conditions of employment -notably holidays with pay and hours of work legislation-to the company's operations. This is particularly so as the legislation of the two provinces on these matters is not uniform. In matters of collective bargaining, neither the company nor the union are in a position to bargain with certainty on matters relating to terms and conditions of employment in view of the doubt and. difficulties as to application of provincial legislation.
The company has discussed the question with the governments of both Manitoba and Saskatchewan and with the Department of Labour in Ottawa, and also made a submission within the last week to the industrial relations committee of this house.
Manitoba and Saskatchewan, who are the only provinces interested in this matter, have requested that, with a view to meeting the admitted difficulties of the situation, the dominion should be asked to enact legislation to bring these mining operations of the company within the scope of dominion jurisdiction. Both governments have agreed on the procedure to be followed to effect this result, namely:
(a) That parliament should declare these mining operations of the company to be works for the advantage of two or more provinces.
(b) To provide that the rates of pay, hours of work and other terms and conditions of employment of employees of the company employed upon such undertaking shall be such as are established in collective agreements entered into from time to time between the company and the representatives of its employees but without affecting the application of provincial workmen's compensation *legislation.
The unions representing employees of the company support the company's representations and the foregoing proposals.
This bill is being proceeded with at this session and as the difficulties relating to the company's operations are represented by the company and by the provincial governments as requiring an early solution, the government decided it best to introduce this bill
which gives effect to the request of the two provinces mentioned and the representations made by the company to the industrial relations committee of this house. I believe that members of this house will be in agreement and be prepared to support the provisions of the bill.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.