Experts weigh in on where B.C. parties stand on workers issues

SFU labour studies director Kendra Strauss, teacher Maryam Adrangi and BCTF president Teri Mooring
SFU labour studies director Kendra Strauss, teacher Maryam Adrangi and BCTF president Teri Mooring - Handouts
Laurence Gatinel - CFRO - VancouverBC | 20-10-2020

By David P. Ball

As Saturday's election looms in B.C., The Pulse on CFRO asks three experts about the NDP's record on labour, and what's at stake this campaign.

Labour is showing tepid support for the B.C. New Democrats in Saturday's provincial election, with mixed reviews of their record on union and worker issues — but as they see it, few alternatives to protect workers interests.

Originally founded as the province's labour party, the NDP have faced off at the bargaining table with teachers fresh off court victory against their BC Liberal predecessors, leading the union to start planning for a strike last January after the province demanded concessions. But experts acknowledge several major policy shifts under the John Horgan government, including raising the minimum wage and increasing childcare spaces significantly.

On the other hand, some in the labour movement feel the NDP has taken workers' votes for granted and need to implement a much more visionary policy if they are reelected on Saturday.

This special feature on The Pulse on CFRO asks what's at stake for workers in Saturday's election, including interviews with teacher Maryam Adrangi, Simon Fraser University labour studies director Kendra Strauss, and B.C. Teachers Federation president Teri Mooring.

And we look at the core principles of each party's platform when it comes to workers rights, precarious labour, pay equity and union protections.

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