Unifor and its predecessor unions have always believed in, and sought to promote, workplace health and safety. Safety is a cornerstone value for us and Unifor is supportive of governmental efforts reduce railway incidents. Unifor sits on Transport Canada’s Advisory Council on Rail Safety (ACRS), for example, and provides a workplace health and safety training course to its members through its Paid Education Leave program.
Recent decades have witnessed a shift in Canada’s regulatory regime, both in rail and in the wider transportation sector, in favour of so-called ‘self-regulation’. Unifor believes that, while companies and labour unions ought to regulate their own behaviour, government also has a role to play in regulating commercial activity, especially in instances where worker and community health are on the line.