Unifor signs on to constitutional challenge of anti-union law

WINNIPEG, July 4, 2017 /CNW/ - Unifor is proud to be part of the Partnership to Defend Public Services, the coalition of Manitoba workers' organizations that are challenging the province's anti-union legislation.

"Workers with good jobs are the first people that right-wing governments want to blame for fiscal problems of their own making," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "Collective bargaining rights are not the problem—legal contracts are a solution to create good jobs, a living wage and fairness to ensure the provincial workers are treated with respect while providing the key services that Manitobans' depend upon."

Unifor and the other unions that comprise the Partnership to Defend Public Services filed for an injunction against the implementation of the so-called Public Services Sustainability Act and will launch a full challenge to the law. The claimants say that, at the very least, the mandatory consultation process was nearly absent.

"Premier Pallister wants to strip workers of constitutionally-protected rights," said Unifor Western Regional Director Joie Warnock. "It failed in Saskatchewan under Brad Wall, and it will fail again with the PC government."

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.


For further information: Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O'Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org or 416-896-3303 (cell)

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