Affirmative Action and Trade Unions in Canada Affirmative action has long been touted as the means by which to bring about equitable labour practices. But at the same time, there are challenges in implementing affirmative action in a practical manner, without also causing a negative impact on socioeconomic development. This paper will explore the economic inequities with respect to race and gender which are still prevalent in Canada, and their linkages to labour union practices. Initial findings demonstrate that a need for intervention still exists: inequities have actually grown in recent years, according to recent reports from the Canadian Labour Congress. In the federal government, for example, men are more than twice as likely to be...The end:
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