July 6, 1972 (28th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Martin Patrick O'Connell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. O'Connell:

Mr. Chairman, the answer to the hon. member for Timiskaming is no, we did not have that particular question of vacation pay in mind when drafting clause 8. We did not know of any particular difference of opinion that existed on this question at the time we drafted it. To the best of my knowledge, vacation pay was satisfactorily resolved in the mediation process. I do not know whether it has slipped out of that position now, but it would be only right that I point out that it is the kind of issue which is arbitrable. In the normal course it could indeed come into the arbitration proceedings. This protection in clause 8 was required in order that we will not be caught again in the impasse that locked us out of the action when neither party would initiate that arbitration proceeding.
Clause 8 agreed to.
Clause 9 agreed to.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ST. LAWRENCE PORTS OPERATIONS BILL MEASURE TO PROVIDE FOR RESUMPTION OF LONGSHORING AND RELATED OPERATIONS
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