by Morinville News Staff
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is seeking nominations for working group members to participate in the next phase of Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act consultations.
The government will establish six technical working groups that will develop recommendations on how employment standards, occupational health and safety, and labour relations requirements should be applied, given the agricultural sector’s unique needs for employers and employees.
“Farming is more than a job, it’s a way of life, and this government recognizes that,” said Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in a release Thursday. “These technical working groups will provide an opportunity for a broad and diverse range of voices from the farming and ranching sector to ensure their way of life is preserved, while at the same time ensuring waged workers come home safely at the end of each day.”
The government says the nomination process will identify representatives from the agricultural sector, labour groups, and technical experts. An independent and impartial individual with demonstrated mediation, consensus, and board governance experience will chair each of the six working groups.
Nomination forms are available online at the Farm and Ranch Workplace Legislation website at http://www.alberta.ca/farm-and-ranch-consultations.cfm.