The legislation requires farms, regardless of size to meet mandatory occupational health and safety requirements including inspections. This law mandates worker's compensation board (WCB) coverage to all workers, paid or unpaid. Farms now will have to adhere to child labor laws and meet laws regarding overtime and hours of work requirements. Then there's the NDP's favorite part: the new law will also allow for the unionization of farm workers, paid or unpaid.
That might all seem good for city folks. Everyone wants a safer workplace, farmers included. But this is bad legislation that doesn’t understand the farm way of life.
Farmers won't be able to teach their kids or grandchildren about farming and hard work. The extension of child labor laws to family farms makes it illegal for a 10 year old to earn money picking eggs for their grandma. Those are the best moments of a farm kid's life. And those are being taken away by urban leftist meddlers.
There are so many reason this law is bad for farmers yet the NDP is pushing ahead with it at breakneck speed. Why? Here's the real reason I think the NDP are doing this: the unions. This grows the unions and that’s really who the NDP govern for, isn't it?
Allowing farm workers to unionize grows the NDP union base by a potential 60000 workers over 40 thousand farms and ranches across Alberta. And there's more.
How many extra unionized government employees will be needed to handle at least 40,000 WCB files? What about all the occupational health and safety inspectors? The government will need to hire many more to pop in on those 40,000 farms. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees must be rubbing their greedy hands together right now.
Landowning peasants in Stalin's Russia were called Kulaks. They were painted as greedy for resisting forced collectivization of their farms. In Alberta, we are all Kulaks now.
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