Top court upholds right to strike

Saskatchewan’s essential services law struck down as 'unconstitutional'
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/17/2015

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the right to strike for public sector workers in a landmark decision striking down Saskatchewan’s essential services law.

The provincial government, led by Premier Brad Wall, introduced its controversial essential services legislation shortly after coming to power in 2007.

Under that law, unions and their government employers would need to decide on which public sector employees are considered essential and therefore prohibited from walking off the job (such as those in health care, police and other emergency services).