Trade Unions Act
R.S.C., 1985, c. T-14
An Act respecting trade unions
Marginal note:Short title
- R.S., c. T-11, s. 1.
Marginal note:Definition of “trade union”
2. In this Act, “trade union” means such combination, whether temporary or permanent, for regulating the relations between workmen and masters, or for imposing restrictive conditions on the conduct of any trade or business, as would, but for this Act, have been deemed to be an unlawful combination by reason of some one or more of its purposes being in restraint of trade.
- R.S., c. T-11, s. 2.
Marginal note:Agreements not affected
3. This Act does not affect
(a) any agreement between partners relating to their own business;
(b) any agreement between an employer and those employed by him relating to employment; or
(c) any agreement in consideration of the sale of the goodwill of a business or of instruction in any profession, trade or handicraft.
- R.S., c. T-11, s. 3.
Marginal note:Legal proceedings not authorized by this Act
4. (1) Nothing in this Act enables any court to entertain any legal proceeding instituted with the object of directly enforcing or recovering damages for the breach of any agreement
(a) between members of a trade union, as such, concerning the conditions on which any members of the trade union shall, or shall not, sell their goods, transact business, employ or be employed;
(b) for the payment by any person of any subscription or penalty to a trade union;
(c) for the application of the funds of a trade union
(i) to provide benefits to members,
(ii) to furnish contributions to any employer or workman, who is not a member of the trade union, in consideration of the employer or workman acting in conformity with the rules or resolutions of the trade union, or
(iii) to discharge any fine imposed on any person by sentence of a court of justice;
(d) made between one trade union and another; or
(e) to secure by bond or suretyship the performance of any of the agreements mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (d).
Marginal note:Agreements not unlawful
(2) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to constitute as unlawful any of the agreements mentioned in subsection (1).
- R.S., 1985, c. T-14, s. 4;
- 2001, c. 4, s. 124(E).
Marginal note:Application of certain Acts
5. (1) No Act in force in Canada providing for the constitution and incorporation of charitable, benevolent or provident institutions applies to trade unions.
(2) This Act does not apply to any trade union not registered under this Act.
- R.S., c. T-11, s. 5.
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