Supreme Court ruling a victory for workers

The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that a Saskatchewan law preventing public sector employees from striking is unconstitutional is a victory for all workers.

“With this important decision the highest court of the land has reaffirmed fundamental Canadian values like dignity and equality; and recognised every worker’s right to participate in in determining their working conditions,” said NDP Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont – La Petite Patrie).

As part of the majority ruling the Supreme Court recognized the “deep inequalities” in the employer-employee relationship and workers’ vulnerability and determined that the right to strike promotes equality in the bargaining process.

“The Supreme Court has recognized that the right to strike is constitutionally-protected,” said Boulerice. “This should be a warning to governments of every level in Canada that would try to trample on this important right.”