Friday, 4 December 2015

Farmers fight law designed to protect children and workers

"The issue drives to the heart of traditional farming on the Prairies, where children routinely help with farm work. Farms have also become larger, requiring the use of more hired workers.

A 10-year-old boy was killed last month in rural Alberta operating a forklift near his farm.
The government’s first step, on Jan. 1, is to remove farm exemptions to existing employment standards, such as hours of work, overtime pay, restrictions on employing children and workers’ ability to join unions.

Read the story about Bill 6 in the Globe and Mail

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