Support for Unions in Canada

The working force of a particular country plays an essential role in the overall robustness of the society. Employees and workers are the one responsible in cultivating and maximizing the resources of the country in order to produce products and services that people need. They also made a huge contribution in the economy especially in terms of their participation in giving income to the country. Being the case, these workers rights should also be uphold and safeguarded in order to prevent employees from taking advantage of them.

However, there is a decline in the support towards these unions. According to Yonatan Reshef (1990), important changes are taking place in the political and economic scenes of Canadian unions. These changes may put Canadian trade unions in a very disadvantageous position due to their structural and institutional situation. In the study Reshel conducted, he found out that structural and institutional union weaknesses became more detrimental to unions especially if combined wit the political hostility and increased competitive pressures that are happening.

This is proven by the slight decrease in union density in Canada from its peak of 39 percent in the early 1980s to the present 37. 2 percent. Robert Laxer, Paul Craven, Anne Martin (1976) further supported Reshef’s argument, when they asserted that the labor unions in Canada is active in the international scene only in theory but not in reality. This goes to show that the lack of participation and inaction coming from the labor union of the country could be attributed to its declining support that do not motivate them to establish a bolder role for their labor unions.

Lastly, Lipset and his co-authors (2004), agrees with the assumption of the declining support for unions when he did a study comparing Canadian unions with its European counterparts. They identified that there is a decline in the union density in Canada. In relation to this, they also pointed out that European employees have more protection than those workers in Canada. This only goes to show that lack of proper protection towards labor unions is an evident proof of its declining support for it.

If support is increasing there should be more motivation for the government to do the necessary changes in order to improve Canadian unions as similar with those of Europe.

References Laxer, R. , Craven, P. , & Martin, A. (1976). Canada’s Unions. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company, Publishers. Lipset, S. M. , Meltz, N. M. , Gomez, R. , & Katchanovski, I. (2004). The Paradox of American Unionism: Why Americans Like Unions More Than Canadians Do, But Join Much Less. United States of America: Cornell University Press. Reshef, Y. (1990). Union Decline: A View from Canada. Journal of Labor Research 11, 25-39.