OTTAWA, June 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has taken the first step in its legal challenge against Bill C-59, the legislation that is gutting the collective bargaining rights of federal public service workers.
The PSAC filed its constitutional challenge to Bill C-59 in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
"The Supreme Court has confirmed that the right to collective bargaining is a protected right under the Charter ? and we are defending that right through all legal means at our disposal," said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.
Bill C-59 gives the Conservative government the power to amend certain provisions in federal government collective agreements to remove sick leave and impose a short and long-term disability plan outside of collective agreements. The Bill will circumvent the Public Service Labour Relations Act as well as ongoing negotiations.
The PSAC is requesting the Court to immediately declare that Bill C-59 is in direct violation of our members' Charter rights by:
More updates will follow as the case progresses.
SOURCE Public Service Alliance of Canada