Alberta introduces essential services legislation

Bill complies with Supreme Court, Court of Queen's Bench rulings
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/04/2016

Some public sector workers in Alberta will be given the right to strike during a labour dispute, should a proposed labour law pass.

Introduced by labour minister Christina Gray in March, Bill 4 would amend the province’s Public Service Employee Relations Act and the Labour Relations Code to allow public sector strikes.

The bill was drafted following a directive from the Supreme Court of Canada and Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, which determined that Alberta’s public sector strike ban interfered with the collective bargaining process and diminished employees’ rights.