Public service unions call for repeal of Bill C-4

Collective bargaining not possible until legislation addressed: PSAC, PIPSC
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/16/2016

While the first round of bargaining between the newly elected Liberal government and the unions representing public sector workers is underway, the parties have already reached an impasse.

Entering into negotiations, the parties seemed hopeful their collective bargaining would be less tumultuous than that between the unions and previous federal government. However, despite moves to repeal Conservative legislation the unions found objectionable, several issues remain in contention.

"PSAC welcomes the news that the government will repeal division 20 of Bill C-59, which we said was a violation of our constitutional rights to collective bargaining. The bill gave the government the power to amend unilaterally certain provisions in federal government employee contracts," said Robyn Benson, national president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).