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    :: Friday, June 23, 2006 ::

    What Happened to Labour Rights? - Book review by Murray Dobbin, Tyee.ca
    Collective bargaining has also historically been referred to as industrial democracy -- the parallel to political democracy. And in Europe that industrial democracy is taken for granted, according to Adams. "The notion of 'social partnership,' promoted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) is the European norm." The norm in Canada (and virtually all other English-speaking developed countries) is exactly the opposite: an open hostility to any collective voice for labour by corporations and complicity by governments. It is the private sector that has suffered most from this hostility. Unionization rates have gone from 30 per cent in the early 1960s to 17.5 per cent today.
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