“Liberal interim leader David Swann said the government is in danger of losing momentum on the legislation, considering how much opposition it has faced. The Liberals have set up a toll-free number for farm workers to blow the whistle on workplace abuses and called on the government to do the same.”
“Liberal Leader David Swann said he fears the NDP will back down on protecting farm workers.
“‘The big industrial agriculture operations that are used to having things their way will continue to fight against common-sense regulations … around employment standards,’ he said.”
… Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann also criticized the CFIB award in a release this week stating the bill benefits both workers and employers …
The Alberta government has made and continues to make efforts to work with farm and ranch owners to adopt Bill 6. However, its implementation continues to be stalled by the legacy of a century of “wild west” attitudes, and no guarantee of safe work standards or compensation for injury.
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann argues the protections provided by Bill 6 outweigh the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s criticisms.
The CFIB recently awarded the bill a Paperweight Award for “outrageous regulatory headaches for small businesses,” arguing that the regulations were not written with the realities of farming in mind.
Swann replies that the protections provided to employers and workers by Bill 6 are paramount, and invites the CFIB to help ensure the bill’s smooth and effective implementation.
“Bill 6 benefits farmers as well as farm workers,” said Swann. “Workers’ Compensation offers no-fault coverage to employers, protecting them from liability in case of an accident. More importantly, Bill 6 gives basic legal protections to farm workers that have been lacking for almost a century.”
The CFIB sits on a technical working group consulting on the bill’s regulatory framework. Swann expects the organization to work to reduce difficulties for farmers, but to ultimately ensure workers continue to receive these vital protections.
“I encourage the CFIB to use its position on the government’s Technical Working Group to improve Bill 6’s implementation, creating a framework accessible to farmers and ranchers while still preserving the fundamental rights of their workers,” Swann concluded.