Unions are rejoicing ahead of Christmas, as the federal Liberal government has started the process to reverse a previous Conservative government law.
Bill C-377 would have required unions to track and disclose any financial transactions over five-thousand-dollars, and disclose the identity of staff making over 100-thousand dollars a year beginning December 31st.
BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger says the bill was politically motivated.
“It was introduced by the Harper government, and it was a very anti-union bill. It made requirements on the union movement, that were very excessive.”
Lanzinger says this it’s good news for the labour movement, as it would’ve significantly increased costs for unions.
“The reporting requirements would’ve required that most unions hire additional staff, in order to fill out this crazy level of bureaucracy. It was clear there were political motivations behind that legislation.”
The current Conservative opposition is panning the move by the Liberal government, saying repealing the bill was politically motivated on their part.