A Queen`s Bench Court ruled that the government wrongly denied the Manitoba government`s request for a clean-up of the decision and the General Employees Union on behalf of more than 11,000 public servants. In Canada, collective disputes in the public sector can be resolved through arbitrations of interest, particularly in situations where there is no legal right to strike or lockout. Each province may decide that an interest rate arbitration procedure, in accordance with existing public sector legislation, will have a legal status. For example, collective bargaining between the provincial police and firefighters may provide for arbitration of interest in place of the right to strike. The last collective agreement expired in March 2019 and the two sides met briefly the following month to begin negotiations for a new agreement. Today, the Pallister government unveiled a speech from the throne in Manitoba legislation. The purpose of this speech is to outline and highlight the government`s plan for the legislature and to signal to Manitobans how the government`s action will move forward. If today`s Speech from the Throne is a sign of this, Manitobans can expect more: cuts to the public service, budget cuts, increasing privatization, with great guilt for the federal government. The Manitoba government and the General Employees Union (GSO) say the province has agreed to create a no-let clause for this fiscal year in exchange for all public service employees who take five days of unpaid leave. The government had already passed a bill imposing a two-year pay stoppage for new public sector collective agreements, but it had not enshrined in law.
A recent legal proceeding in Manitoba resolved a question on Manitoba`s legislation that provided for an interest rate arbitration procedure (Manitoba Government and General Employees` Union and Minister of Finance for the Government of Manitoba 2020MBQB 68). The Manitoba Civil Service Act stipulated that the union could ask the Minister of Finance to appoint an arbitration body, as negotiations began, but no agreement was reached because of negotiation difficulties. In this case, the collective agreement had expired and the parties began negotiating collective agreements by exchanging proposals and meeting for two days of negotiations. The Manitoba government and the General Workers` Union (GSO) argued that the circumstances were different during this round of negotiations, given that the government recently passed the Public Service Sustainability Act in the legislature, which limited public service wage increases to a maximum of 0%. , 0%, 0%, 0.75% and 1% per year for the 4-year period. In addition, the MGEU submitted that the government would not say whether rates of pay above the statutory maximum could be negotiated and that there would therefore be no free collective bargaining. However, the Minister of Finance had rejected a request by the Union for the creation of an arbitration body. The Wage Limitation Act was passed during the legislature, but has not yet come into force. The proclamation process was an administrative function that the government could implement at any time. Last week, the MGEU Health Officer (HCA) announced that the union and the National Secretariat for Labour Relations (PHLRS) had reached a temporary agreement to help members who were disrupted by a shortage of staff.
The agreement was put into effect to allow time to negotiate revisions to the COVID Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) signed last spring. The temporary agreement was supposed to be in effect until November 20, but it has been extended until November 27, 2020, as we work on the revision of the MOA Redeployment. It has also been extended to all members of public health and not just to HCAs. The Manitoba Government and Employees Union (OPE) is a union in Manitoba, Canada. It has more than 32,000 members and is one of Manitoba`s largest unions.