Alberta Federation of Labour pleased to see province move forward on ensuring the rights of farm and ranch workers

Welcomes the next phase of consultations with the farm and ranch sector on the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.

Edmonton - Today’s announcement of the composition of the six diverse working groups strikes a fair balance between agricultural employers, workers, industry, labour and technical experts.

“Regardless of their workplace, all of Alberta’s workers deserve the same rights,” Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan said. “Moving forward on these working groups shows the government is serious about protecting a group of workers who have been denied their basic rights for far too long.”

These technical working groups are an important step to ensuring farm and ranch workers in Alberta finally experience the same workplace protections that farm and ranch workers in every other province in Canada already have.

“In the few months since the Enhanced Farm and Ranch Worker Protection Act has come in to force, we have already seen over 150 successful WCB claims from farm and ranch workers,” said McGowan. “Making clear the need for this legislation.”

“We look forward to participating in this consultation process as the working groups move forward on developing recommendations on how employment standards, occupational health and safety and labour relations requirements should be applied to farm and ranch workers in Alberta.”

MEDIA CONTACT:

Chris Gallaway, Director Government Relations, Alberta Federation of Labour at 587.984.7569 (cell) or via e-mail  cgallaway@afl.org  


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  • commented 2016-05-25 09:57:00 -0600
    No one is forced to unionize, but if they wanted to they probably could. Unless you are a farm worker(have a T4) from a farming business or own a farm who employs workers,why would you care if they did?
  • commented 2016-05-23 07:22:56 -0600
    Can you tell me how labor relations protect the farm worker? Sounds like unionization to me are there any other provinces that have unionized farm workers?