Business in Vancouver: B.C. business resigned to union-friendly labour code changes


For the first time since 2002, British Columbia’s labour code has been amended after a more than yearlong process.

While many businesses expected the BC NDP to radically tilt the Employment Standards Act in favour of unionized workers, the changes were not as dramatic as expected, said Jock Finlayson, executive vice-president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC).

“We’re not surprised or shocked by the changes to the code, particularly given that this is a union-oriented government that is attentive to trade union leaders,” Finlayson said. “Most of the changes that are included in the code are designed to make it a little more union friendly.”

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