On May 16th we will hear from the Supreme Court on whether or not the right to withdraw labour is protected under the Charter. SGEU filed this lawsuit in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and several other unions in the province against the Wall government's new Essential Services legislation. The Public Service Essential Services Act (PSESA) "introduced restrictions on the ability of public sector workers who provide essential services to engage in strike activity"
View Summary: http://www.scc-csc.gc.ca/case-dossier/info/sum-som-eng.aspx?cas=35423
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour released the following update on its joint appeal with several other unions, including SGEU, to Bills 5, the Public Services Essential Services Act (PSESA), as well as Bill 6, which proposes ammendments to the Trade Union Act.
Working people across Saskatchewan were disappointed to learn that, in spite of the warnings of academics and the concerns of thousands, the Government of Saskatchewan forced Bill 85:The Saskatchewan Employment Act, through the Legislature on May 13, 2013 with amendments.
The Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench released a historic decision protecting the rights of working people across the province. In a landmark decision, Justice Dennis Ball determined that the provincial government’s Public Services Essential Services (PSES) Act – passed in 2008 – was unconstitutional.
The Sask. Party government has introduced several laws that take away
our rights as workers and as union members. The Public Services Essential Services Act (Bill 5) and amendments to the Trade Union Act (Bill 6) became law on May 14, 2008. Click here for the SFL backgrounder