Constitutional challenge brewing in Saskatchewan

Unions’ case based on right to association and right to collective bargaining
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/31/2011

As postal workers launch their constitutional challenge of the federal government’s back-to-work legislation, unions in Saskatchewan prepare to launch their own constitutional battle based on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

First launched in 2008, the legal challenge will be argued in Regina from Nov. 14 to 25.

The case centres on two pieces of legislation. Bill 5, the Public Service Essential Services Act, prevents certain public workers — not limited to emergency workers — from going on strike during a labour dispute.