Eight things you should know about budget bill C-4

Bill C-4 takes away the democratic rights of federal public sector employees and seriously undermines the health and safety protections in the Canada Labour Code covering workers under federal jurisdiction. 

The employer would have the unfettered right to determine what constitutes an essential service and which workers perform essential services.

Public sector workers will no longer be able to choose to have the content of their agreements decided through arbitration.

Arbitration boards will no longer be independent.

Compensation analysis and research services, which were key functions of the Public Service Labour Relations Board, will be eliminated.

Fewer rights for laid off workers bill changes the definition of “danger” to only include “imminent” risks.

All authority and powers of Health and Safety Officers being placed with the Minister. 

The bill prevents public service employees from filing discrimination complaints with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.