Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberals Move to Rescind Conservative Changes, Revamp Public-Sector Bargaining

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberals Move to Rescind Conservative Changes, Revamp Public-Sector Bargaining

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Liberals revamp public service labour talks

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OTTAWA - The federal Liberals say they'll roll back changes to public-sector bargaining brought in by the previous Conservative government.

Treasury Board President Scott Brison says in a release that portions of the 2013 omnibus budget bill will be formally repealed with new legislation when Parliament returns from the summer recess next fall.

The Conservative changes allowed the government to unilaterally decide which employees offered essential services and therefore determine who was allowed to strike.

The 2013 bill also made salary arbitration dependent on the government's budget priorities, curtailing the independence of the process.

Public-sector unions promised a constitutional challenge to what they said was an attack on collective bargaining. …

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