Rallies continued in Alberta today, with many farmers and ranchers asking the NDP government to slow or halt Bill 6 – The Enhancement of Protection of Farm and Ranch Workers Act.
“Alberta is the only province where OHS legislation does not apply to farms and ranches,” according to the Alberta Government’s FAQ page. “Alberta’s farm and ranch workers have only limited coverage under employment standards legislation, no mandatory WCB coverage, and they are not covered by labour relations legislation. This isn’t a fair situation and the government wants to change that.”
But, not all farmers and ranchers want that change.
“We just want it to be left the way it is,” said a participant in the rally held on Friday. “Everything’s been good and we haven’t had issues.”
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“I hope they open up their eyes and see that they have a lot of unhappy people, who really want our voices heard before they make any rash decisions about pushing this through and not giving any consideration to us,” said Sara Wheale, creator of the Facebook group “farmers against NDP. Bill 6.”
Alberta’s crop commissions are calling for more consultation, and encouraging farmers to engage.
Bill 6 was introduced to the Alberta Legislature on Nov 17.
Our entire interview with Wheale will be available shortly.