Quebec moves to end strike, Ontario to ban

Legislation may be vulnerable to Charter
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/28/2011

This last week has not been a good one for the right to strike in Canada. Especially so in light of the Supreme Court’s 2007 ruling in B.C. Health Services that the right to participate in meaningful collective bargaining is a Charter right.

First, on February 21 the government of Quebec imposed a collective agreement on its Crown prosecutors and lawyers that reproduces the wage increases negotiated by other public sector unions.

This has been its practice now for several agreements running. The Association des juristes de l’État (AJE) has demanded binding arbitration, but the government has consistently refused.