Labour in the News

Canadian workers have a fundamental right to strike, top court rules

Wow, has it really been four (4) years since the Supreme Courts decision?  Doesn’t seem possible…..

The Supreme Court of Canada has declared the right to strike to be fundamental and protected by the Constitution, thus handing organized labour its second stunning victory this month.

The 5-2 ruling has wide implications across Canada for governments that limit the right of public-sector workers and others to strike.

Following a ruling that said Mounties and other Canadian workers have the right to unionize to protect their interests, the court has revolutionized Canadian labour law.

Saskatchewan had warned the court that the right to strike would be a change of “seismic proportions,” and several provinces had intervened to argue against that right, in support of laws that limit the right of public workers deemed essential to walk off the job.  READ MORE