Replacement workers are used in 40 percent of strikes and lockouts in the federally regulated private sector, according to labour department figures. Cabinet has promised by year’s end it will introduce a bill to ban the practice.

“Between June 2011 and October 2022 there were 75 work stoppages in federally regulated sectors,” said a department memo Legislation To Prevent The Hiring Of Replacement Workers. “Labour program research suggests replacement workers or managers were used in 40 percent of these work stoppages, that is 30 of the 75, to perform some or all of the work of bargaining unit members who were on strike or locked out.”

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