The Canadian Union Of Postal Workers Is Threatening To Take The Government To Court If They Force-End The Strike
The union is already calling the legislation unconstitutional.
This morning in Parliament, Justin Trudeau's government introduced legislation that would force an end to the Canada Post labour dispute. Rotating strikes have been going on for five weeks now as Canada Post and the union, CUPW, attempt to negotiate a contract deal.
Now that the government is taking action to end the strike, CUPW, the union which represents the postal workers is now threatening legal action against them.
The legislation the Liberals introduced would force an end to the strike by having an external moderator essentially choose which offer Canada Post and the workers would go with. CUPW, however, is calling it unconstitutional.
According to CP24, the postal workers union has warned that there will be a legal battle with the government if the legislation is successful. It wouldn't be the first time either.
In 2011, Canada Post was forced to end job action with legislation introduced by Stephen Harper who was Prime Minister at the time. While they announced their intention to sue very early on, it wasn't until 2015 that they actually challenged the bill in court.
In 2015 they argued that the legislation denied CUPW members the right to Freedom of Association and Freedom of Expression, which includes the right to strike. The government argued back that the strike was detrimental to the Canadian economy and harmful to all Canadians.
In that case, the courts actually determined that the particular legislation put forth at the time was unconstitutional and determined it to be invalid. However, no damages were awarded to the union.
Along with introducing the back-to-work legislation, the Liberal government also put forward a motion to fast-track the legislation through Parliament. MPs will debate on the legislation today and determine if it is put in place.