May 22, 2012
|Conservative MP Russ Hiebert|
Toronto, Canada (rushPRnews) 05/22/12 — A national union confederation is preparing for a major fight against a Conservative Private Member’s Bill that will radically increase the administration costs of managing a union and interfere with the private, internal activities of democratic organizations.
The Confederation of Canadian Unions, the largest federation of independent unions in the country, says that Bill C-377, put forth by Conservative MP Russ Hiebert (South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale), will create a burden that smaller, independent unions simply can’t handle.
Bill C-377, an act to amend the Income Tax Act, will require all labour organizations to make exceedingly detailed annual financial reports covering a range of expenses.
“Independent unions, some of which have under 50 members and one staff person, will in no way be able to fulfill these new obligations,” says CCU President Joanie Cameron Pritchett. “They don’t have the expertise in accounting to manage this, nor will be able to afford to hire the necessary personnel to do so.”
Mathieu Ravignat, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, says that Bill C-377 will create approximately 17.5 million hours of paperwork for unions throughout the country, and each of them will need an average of 700 hours of work annually to comply with the requirements.
Pritchett wrote a letter to Prime Minister Harper, Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt and Hiebert, warning that the bill is a direct attack on the independence of unions.
The bill also stipulates a $1,000 a day fine for
|CCU President Joanie Cameron Pritchett|
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