RCMP inch closer to collective bargaining

Legislation delayed but Liberals promise new labour scheme by February
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/11/2016

The Mounties are one step closer to collective bargaining. At the end of 2015, the Liberals announced the legislation granting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police the right to collective bargaining would be introduced at the end of February — nearly two months after the Supreme Court of Canada's deadline.

The Supreme Court had ruled in January 2015 that the Mounties would have the right to unionize and operate under a collective agreement. In its 6-1 decision, the Supreme Court determined the denial of the right to form a union and collectively bargain an employment agreement violated the RCMP’s right to freedom of association, which is guaranteed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"As the minister responsible for the RCMP, I am pleased to announce that the government will soon be introducing a bill to respond to the Supreme Court of Canada’s January 2015 decision on the case," said Ralph Goodale, public safety minister.