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Supreme Court overturns encroachment on fair collective bargaining

In a rare decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld an appeal from the British Columbia Teachers' Federation, removing legislative intervention that prevented such important matters such as class size and composition from being collectively bargained. PIPSC is proud to have contributed to this victory.

"This is a major victory for workers across Canada," said PIPSC President Debi Daviau. "It's a strong validation of every worker's freedom of association and the right to free and collective bargaining over meaningful workplace issues. We're proud to have been a part of this victory."

In 2002, the British Columbia (B.C.) government brought in new laws to take away teachers' right to bargain class size and composition. The B.C. Supreme Court voted against that legislation in 2011, declaring it unconstitutional. But in 2012, the B.C. government passed a similar bill.

PIPSC joined other federal bargaining agents to appear as an Intervener at the Supreme Court of Canada. PIPSC will continue to fight to uphold our members' rights against unilateral government action aimed at stripping collective bargaining rights, including a challenge to the New Brunswick legislation that ‎substituted their defined benefit pension plan by a target-benefit plan.

"The B.C. bill was a precedent-setting encroachment on fundamental collective bargaining rights in Canada and we felt that the voice of public service professionals should be heard," said Daviau. "This is an example of PIPSC's growing influence in setting public policy. Today's victory reaffirms that we are better together."


Publish Date: 14-NOV-2016 04:15 PM