Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has provided an answer to those wondering how it would even begin to select working group members for the next phase of consultations on the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. As of today, the government will be accepting nominations for the positions.
“Farming is more than a job, it’s a way of life, and this government recognizes that,” Agirculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier said in a release. “These technical working groups will provide an opportunity for a broad and diverse range of voices from the farming and ranching sector to ensure their way of life is preserved, while at the same time ensuring waged workers come home safely at the end of each day.”
There will be a total of six technical working groups to develop recommendations on employment standards, labour relations and occupational health and safety requirements for the agriculture sector. The individuals will include technical experts as well as representatives of both the agriculture sector and labour groups. Each working group will be chaired by an independent and impartial individual with extensive experience in mediation.
Technical working group members must exhibit competencies including, but not limited to: effective communication; integrity and accountability; relationship building; in-depth knowledge of the diversity of agriculture in the province; and conflict resolution. In addition, they must be willing to commit to all of the required meetings, and to timely responses to e-mail.
The technical working groups will meet:
- Between March 14 and 24, 2016, for a two-day meeting.
- Between June 13 and 30, 2016, for one, possibly two, two-day meetings, depending on requirements.
- In late July or August, for either a one- or two-day meeting.
- And additional meetings or conference calls may be required.
For more information, or to nominate someone, check out the Farm and Ranch Workplace Legislation website.