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CRFA asks Nova Scotia to scrap “anti-business” bill


November 29, 2011
By Canadian Pizza

November 29, 2011, Halifax – The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) is lobbying the government of Nova Scotia to scrap an "anti-business" bill intended to minimize labour disruptions.

Yesterday the CRFA appeared before the province's Law Amendments Committee to urge the government to scrap plans to introduce Bill 102, “An Act to Prevent Unnecessary Labour Disruptions and Protect the Economy.”

Despite the business community’s objections, government has introduced first contract legislation that allows it to impose a first collective agreement on employers after only 120 days.

“Business operators in Nova Scotia can’t understand the need for this legislation,” said Luc Erjavec, CRFA’s Atlantic Canada vice-president. “Nova Scotia has one of the best labour relations environments with one of fewest lost days due to strikes in the country. In fact, in 2010 there was not a single strike or lockout in the province.”

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“It is incomprehensible that government is completely ignoring the views of the business community at a time when Nova Scotians want their government to focus on jobs and the economy,” said Erjavec. “Forcing this bill on Nova Scotians will not create or protect a single job. The only thing it does is appease big labour and powerful unions.”