A New Brunswick MP says he had no choice but to vote against his government’s legislation ordering postal workers back to work.
Saint John-Rothesay MP Wayne Long and five other Liberal members voted against the bill on Friday night.
Long told our newsroom he felt it was important to stand up for unions and labour in his riding.
“I just fundamentally do not believe in back-to-work legislation,” Long said. “I think it undermines the negotiation process between labour and management.”
Long said he is also worried the legislation could be found to be unconstitutional by the courts.
He said the Liberal party was aware of his voting intentions ahead of time and was okay with the way he voted.
“Our government’s made great strides over the last three years to repair the damage that’s been done by the previous Harper government with respect to labour,” Long said, adding he felt the legislation could undermine the progress.
Long said he hopes Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers can work out a negotiated contract which is a win-win for everyone.
Story by Brad Perry
(Photo: Acadia News)