B.C. Supreme Court asked to muzzle Labour Board regarding Mexico blacklisting evidence

By NUPGE, 30 March 2012

The Supreme Court of British Columbia began deliberations earlier this week whether to prevent the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) from ruling that Mexico prevented union supporters from returning to Canada under the federal government's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). [...]

On Wednesday, the court heard arguments that the labour board's decision to hear the blacklisting evidence earlier this month during 13 days of hearings contradicted Mexico's claim of sovereign immunity. [...]

The outcome of the LRB hearings is now on hold, pending the decision of the B.C. Supreme Court. The court’s decision could also impact another case yet to be heard, where UFCW Canada Local 1518 alleges that Mexico and its Vancouver consulate also colluded with another B.C. agriculture operation, Floralia Growers, to blacklist Mexican migrant workers suspected of being union sympathizers. A union contract is also in place at Floralia, where a majority of the workers voted to unionize in 2008. [...]

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