|2003/04 – 2005/06 SERVICE
Ministry of Skills Development and Labour
to the Labour Relations Code, the Workers Compensation
Act and the Employment Standards Act from 2002/03 fulfil
a number of New Era commitments and encourage employees and
employers to develop healthy workplace relationships that lead to
good, sustainable jobs.
The next three years will see the Ministry of Skills Development
and Labour working to improve labour relations and focussing service-delivery
on its core programs.
The review of the Labour Relations Code by a committee of
special advisers will give us a better understanding of todayís
labour relations challenges. The committee will review specific
issues with an eye to ensuring the labour code is fair and balanced.
I want to see B.C. continuing to move towards an era of labour-management
cooperation. Iím confident this committee can help achieve that
Work with different business sectors on employment standards issues
will guide how we develop fair and balanced employment standards
that allow mutually beneficial relationships between workers and
employers while maintaining protection for vulnerable workers.
Legislative changes introduced in 2002 will ensure the workers
compensation system remains financially sustainable and a revised
appeal process will provide fair, timely and consistent decisions.
We expect to see appeal backlogs reduced and potentially eliminated
over the next three years. The newly appointed WCB Board will review
and implement Allan Huntís recommendations to improve service delivery.
The Board will also work closely with WCB departments and the independent
Workersí Compensation Appeal Tribunal to ensure policies are consistently
applied across all areas in the system.
In the Ministry of Skills Development and Labour, our goal is to
make B.C. a better place to live, work and do business. The coming
three years will be both busy and challenging times for the Ministry
as we work to help prepare British Columbiaís workplaces for the
Honourable G. Bruce