SFL et al Makes Application for Leave to the Supreme Court of Canada
Today, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, and plaintiff group, will make an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, in the matter of the constitutionality of the Government of Saskatchewan’s Bills 5 and 6 – so-called “essential services” legislation and amendments to Saskatchewan’s Trade Union Act. Canada’s highest court will now consider whether or not to hear the case.
What are Bills 5 and 6?
Shortly after being elected in 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan introduced 2 pieces of legislation into the Legislature. Bill 5 established a so-called "essential service" law in the province, robbing tens of thousand of their right to withdraw their labour, and Bill 6 amended Saskatchewan's Trade Union Act, making it more difficult for working people to choose to join unions. The bills were roundly criticized by working people, academics, and legal scholars across the country, as well as the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).
Click to view the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench decision on Bills 5 and 6 (Saskatchewan v. Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, 2012 SKQB 62).
Click to view the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal's decision on Bills 5 and 6 (Saskatchewan v. Saskatchewan Federation of Labour et al, 2013 SKCA 43).