Invoked Right to Refuse Dangerous Work
The National Legislative Board has undertaken the initiative to document all occurrences where its members have invoked the “Right to Refuse Dangerous Work”, under Section 128.1/Part-ll of the Canada Labour Code.
The Board has developed a form intended to serve as a preliminary record of the event and is to be filled out by members during or as soon as possible after the event has transpired. The TCRC has received numerous reports of cases where its members have invoked the right to refuse dangerous work and this right has neither been acknowledged nor acted upon by various railway officers.
In extreme cases its members have been threatened with discipline and dismissal during a right to refuse. This is contrary to the intent of Part-II /Section-147 of the Canada Labour Code. It is therefore imperative that this form be filled out to provide an accurate description of the event for all occurrences and forwarded to the National Office.
The National Legislative Board will contact all members involved and investigate each occurrence. Records of these occurrences will be kept on file in the National Office. We urge all members to actively participate in this important endeavour.
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Please send completed hard copies to the National Legislative Board - Teamsters Canada Rail Conference - Fax (613) - 235-1069