Edmonton, Alberta – The NDP attack on workplace democracy, removing the absolute right to a secret ballot for union certification votes, has led to a troubling report of Calgary labourers saying they feel tricked, bullied, and harassed – the exact concern raised by United Conservative Party about NDP legislation last year.
“Last year we warned that the NDP plan to take away the absolute right to a secret ballot for union certification votes would damage workplace democracy and hurt both Alberta workers and employers,” said Jason Kenney. “The right to a secret ballot for workers must be restored.”
According to a media report on Friday, workers say that they were misled and pressured into signing union certification cards by organizers for big labour. One worker is quoted as saying, “My last paycheque was short $700 thanks to this union certification.” Others indicate that they were bullied, mislead, and harassed into signing union cards, one threatened that if he did not do so he would “never work in this town again.”
“The right to a secret ballot is essential for a democracy, including workplace democracy,” said United Conservative Labour critic Grant Hunter. “Nobody should be pressured and intimidated in how they vote – a secret ballot would protect workers from retribution.”
Kenney committed to restoring workplace democracy under a future Conservative government. “We will not tolerate a system that allows for this kind of intimidation and harassment of workers. We are committed to restoring workplace democracy in Alberta, including secret ballot votes for workers.”