Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2022-05-16

Labour, Courts and the Erosion of Workers' Rights in Canada

Document type Book chapter
Author Smith, Charles W.
Series Editor Savage, Larry
Editor Savage, Larry
Series Editor Ross, Stephanie
Editor Ross, Stephanie
Book Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada
Publisher Fernwood; Halifax, N.S.
Date 2012
ISBN 9781552664, 1552664783
Pages 184-197


In [exploring] the labour mvoement's engagement with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, [the author] considers the labour movement's pursuit of legal strategies as a method of advancing its strategic interests. ...[The author] argues that labour's judicial-based strategies have produced mixed results for labour, and that ultimately, granting small protections to unions, courts have simultaneously reinforced legal constraints on workers' ability to to organize, associate and challenge the inqualities inherent in the employment relationship. --Editors' introduction