New Essential Services Bill is a Substantial Improvement

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

October 15, 2015

 

NEW ESSENTIAL SERVICES BILL IS A SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT

                                                                                                                                                      

REGINA – Today the provincial government tabled Bill No. 183 – The Saskatchewan Employment (Essential

Services) Amendment Act, 2015 to replace its existing essential services legislation. The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is hopeful that the new bill will provide a better way to assist mutually respectful collective bargaining in the province’s public sector.

 

“The bill tabled today is a substantial improvement on the previous version of essential services legislation which was found to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada,” said Larry Hubich, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour. “It is my hope this new bill will set things on a good course while respecting the collective bargaining rights of working people who provide essential services,” said SFL president Larry Hubich.

 

On January 30, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the Government of Saskatchewan’s Bill 5 (2008) – its essential services law – and gave the provincial government one year to rectify the existing essential services legislation.

 

“With or without an essential services law, it is important to remember that in the rare instance of a public sector work stoppage unions have always protected the public,” said Hubich.

 

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The SFL represents over 100,000 working people across the province in 37 affiliated unions.

 

For additional information, contact:

 

Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

o: 1 (306) 525-0197

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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