Quebec’s new government wants to ensure that all farm workers have the right to unionize and collectively negotiate working conditions with their employers. Minister of Labour Sam Hamad has introduced Bill 8, An Act to amend the Labour Code with respect to certain employees of farming businesses, which would require small farms to let a union represent their employees.
The Bill would apply to “farming businesses,” which are defined as:
An enterprise that is operated by a producer within the meaning of subparagraph j of the first paragraph of section 1 of the Farm Producers Act (chapter P-28) and ordinarily and continuously employs fewer than three employees.”
The Bill includes the following key provisions:
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