Hon. F. G. Bradley (Secretary of State):
Mr. Speaker, I have made inquiries and find that the Times-Gazette, published in Oshawa, reported that the federation of printing
Inquiries of the Ministry trades unions had passed a resolution demanding that the federal government accord to the civil servants the right to belong to a union of their choice and to bargain collectively.
I have no knowledge of any regulation or order of any kind which prevents any civil servant from joining the union of his choice.
The matter of collective bargaining raises a question of principle. Employees of the public service are recruited by the civil service commission, through competitive examinations advertised across the country, and a choice is made on the basis of merit, irrespective of union affiliations. The same principle of technical qualification is applied in connection with promotions, and there is no discrimination between employees, whether they belong to unions or not.
It is not considered that it would be in the interests of the service to exclude non-union citizens from free access to government employment.
Subtopic: REQUEST OF ONTARIO PRINT- ING TRADES UNIONS FOR RIGHT OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING