To mark Davis Day, the NDP is renewing calls to ban replacement workers in Nova Scotia

By CityNews Halifax Staff

Nova Scotia’s New Democrat Party is renewing their call for the government to ban scab labour in the province.

The move comes on Davis Day, an annual commemoration of the miners who have been killed on the job in the province.

The day is named after William Davis, a miner who was shot and killed in 1925 by company police during a strike in New Waterford, and the NDP says his legacy is a reminder that workers rights need to be protected.

In March, the NDP introduced legislation to ban scab labour during an ongoing dispute between CN and workers at the Autoport in Eastern Passage that would last more than a month and see replacement workers brought in by the company.

The NDP bill would prevent employers from using scab labour when workers are legally striking or locked out.

In a release, New Democrat leader Claudia Chender says the party will will continue to press for the bill to be passed in the fall.

Chender, along with the party’s labour spokesperson Kendra Coombes, are scheduled to attend Davis Day events today in Cape Breton.

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