Workers’ rights advocacy group denounces bill amending workplace safety law

By Michael Boriero - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Workers’ rights advocacy group denounces bill amending workplace safety law
CTTAE coordinator Patrick Morin (Photo : Michael Boriero)

The Comité des travailleurs et a accidentés de l’Estrie (CTTAE) is one of several workers’ rights groups in Quebec demanding the provincial government withdraw its recently proposed Bill 59.
“What we’re asking François Legault and Jean Boulet is to pull out the bill and return to the drawing board because right now it isn’t worth it,” said CTTAE coordinator Patrick Morin.
Bill 59 is an act to reform and modernize the workplace safety law, which was created in 1979. Morin told The Record that with work-from-home becoming more accepted due to the pandemic, and with a continued rise in automation, the law needs to change.
However, he said the current bill put forward by Labour Minister Jean Boulet isn’t the answer. Boulet quietly tabled the bill in October, Morin said, and they are trying to pass it into law as quickly as possible; and without a proper consultation period.
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