: Collective Bargaining Protected By Charter, Supreme Court Rules

2007-06-08, 06:34 PM
"In a stunning reversal of 20 years of its own jurisprudence, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled (6-1) that the guarantee of freedom of association in section 2(d) of the Charter of Rights protects the right of Canadian workers to bargain collectively.

"Collective bargaining is a fundamental aspect of Canadian society, the Court declared, and recognition of that right reaffirms the values of dignity, personal autonomy, equality and democracy that are inherent in the Charter."Full text of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in the Health Services case:


2007-06-08, 06:41 PM

2007-06-08, 09:21 PM
Here's what brought about this decision:

When the BC Liberals gained power in a massive, landslide victory over the NDP, they decided to arbitrarily, unilaterally tear-up a legally binding collective bargaining agreement with hospital workers in the province. This was unprecedented in BC and Canadian history.

The legal case was brought by the affected health care workers because they believed that they had a legally binding agreement in place.

The BC Liberal government of Gordon Campbell believed that it had the right to declare such an agreement null and void, so with no warning or debate they tore up the deal and gave hospital contracts to third parties.

The Supreme Court of Canada has now corrected the BC Liberal government, and by way of their ruling clarified that no government in Canada can repudiate such collective bargaining contracts unilaterally and arbitrarily.