The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) along with Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association and local carriers met with the Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour to discuss federal labour standards at a roundtable session in New Brunswick.
One of the Minister’s stated priorities is to modernize the Canada Labour Code and federal labour standards and this session was an opportunity for the industry to provide direct input. At the roundtable, CTA discussed several issues with the Minister including ELDs, Driver Inc., independent contractor status, the provision of rest areas, the legalization of marijuana amongst a host of other issues specifically related to the labour code.
“Outside of the public service itself, trucking is as big as it gets in the federally regulated sector,” said Jonathan Blackham, Director Policy and Public Affairs for CTA. “It is clear the federal government is considering a wide range of potential changes to federal labour standards through this consultation and we’ll make sure the industry continues to have a seat at the table and that its views are represented.”
CTA appreciated the opportunity to engage directly with the Minister in this process and will continue to update members of future dialogue with ESDC as things move forward.