Québec – The Minister for Labor Lise Thériault, presented on 3 april, at the National Assembly of the Province Quebec, the government bill No 60, a law aiming mainly at the modernization of the health system, occupational safety and its application to domestic workers.
“After 30 years, the time has come to evolve our health and occupational safety system by taking account of economic, technological and social realities in the Quebec of today”, declared the minister. The government bill comprises four sections: the widening of the application range of prevention mechanisms, the service allowance for casualties, the governance of the CSST and the protection of domestic workers. The changes suggested are inspired mainly by the recommendations of the employers' representation and trade-union present at the board of directors of the CSST.
The government bill finally aims at protecting the domestic workers, an initiative claimed for a long time by various associations. The concept of domestic workers includes any worker working in houses as home-help, gardener, driver or as guardian of people, except for those who carry out a sporadic work or of short time. By proposing a protection for these workers, the government of Quebec conforms at the same time to a convention of the International Labor Organization.
“During the twelve last years, we reduced the number of occupational lesions by 37 %. We have however the duty to continue our efforts for better protecting the great collective wealth which our workers constitute. I have the conviction that the proposed measures meet this aim and that they constitute a major advance to improve health and safety in all our working environments”, concluded the minister.
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Source: Gouvernement du Québec