Mr. Gilbert Parent (Welland-St. Catharines-Tho-rold):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to make it clear at the outset that I speak as a private member and not as the labour critic for the Liberal Party.
We are now in the process of revamping the Canada Labour Code. Among the suggestions I make to the House is one which would affect workers when they reach the final bargaining stage of a given work conflict.
April 28, 1993
I urge the House to consider the interest of the employees in allowing the employees to have a say in their future through a vote on an offer made by the management.
This is a feature which is already built into the constitutions of some unions but not all of them, which means that in some cases a significant number of employees may want to vote on the offer.
This feature might be of particular benefit when work conflicts last for an inordinate length of time. It should be noted that three provincial NDP governments, in Ontario, B.C. and Saskatchewan, already have this as part of their labour laws.
Subtopic: CANADA LABOUR CODE