The Canada Labour Code governs national employers such as the RCMP, Canada Postal Service, Canadian Military, and national telecommunications, airlines and banks;
The Canada Labour Code does not expressly prohibit psychological violence in the workplace or protect workers from hazardous work environments due to psychological violence;
Workplace psychological violence affects many Canadian workers, and the ones who suffer injury/illness can face limited and difficult access to recovery support and resolution. This legislation gap allows the ones operating with this violence to continue because of inadequate legal barriers; and
The Prime Minister has mandated ministerial action to “ensure that federal institutions are workplaces free from harassment and sexual violence”, and legislation is required to address workplaces that allow hazardous work environments due to condoning psychological violent behavior and practices where management accountable turns-a-blind-eye, dismisses and further intimidates, harasses and discriminates as a response to addressing any form of psychological or physical violence once it occurs; and a number of national employers have been in the media in recent years exemplifying these systemic psychological violence issues and the associated impacts on Canadians.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to urge the Government of Canada and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour to introduce legislation amendment to the Canada Labour Code that (i) directly prohibits psychological violence in the workplace, and (ii) prohibits employees from being exposed to hazardous work environments due to workplace psychological violence, for all federally regulated employees throughout Canada.
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