Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

January 30, 2015 14:09 ET

CUPE Nova Scotia says today's Supreme Court ruling could spell trouble for McNeil government

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 30, 2015) - CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says today's ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) which strikes down Saskatchewan's essential services act is a precedent-setting decision.

Says Cavanagh, "In a decisive vote of 5-2, the SCC has agreed with the Saskatchewan court that this law is unconstitutional. But they even go further and disagree with other recent decisions which have weakened the right to strike.

"This decision should send a clear message to Premier McNeil that you can't simply trample all over workers' constitutional rights. The highest court in the land has now made it crystal clear that unionized workers' right to strike - and their right to freedom of association - are protected under Section 2 of the Charter," says Cavanagh.

The decision says that workers must have a 'dispute resolution mechanism' in their dealings with their employers, and the right to strike is at the core of this.

Cavanagh says, "The provincial government in Nova Scotia needs to take a long, hard look at this decision. The four health care unions, through the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, have launched their own legal challenge on Bill 37.

"Today's court ruling has strengthened our hand considerably," he says.

Contact Information

  • Danny Cavanagh
    CUPE Nova Scotia President
    (902) 957-0822 (Cell)

    John McCracken
    CUPE Atlantic Communications Representative
    (902) 880-8057 (Cell)