Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Liberals Planning to Give RCMP Right to Collective Bargaining

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Liberals Planning to Give RCMP Right to Collective Bargaining

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Liberals will allow RCMP members to organize

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OTTAWA - RCMP officers would be allowed to engage in collective bargaining under legislation to be introduced by the Liberal government.

The bill, to be tabled early in the new year, will give rank-and-file Mounties the ability to choose representation and negotiate with management, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday.

"The government of Canada is obviously anxious to move this initiative forward just as quickly as we can," Goodale told the House of Commons.

In January, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the right of RCMP officers to collective bargaining and gave the government a year to create a new labour-relations regime -- a deadline that will be missed, since the House will not return until late January. …

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