A coalition of public sector unions in the province says it's disappointed by today’s Manitoba Court of Appeal decision that found in favour of the provincial government that imposed a wage freeze on public sector workers.
Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck said the coalition will continue to fight for the rights of workers to collective bargaining. He said they will be reviewing the decision and decide on next steps including the prospect of an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Progressive Conservative government passed but never proclaimed Bill 28, otherwise known as the Public Services Sustainability Act in 2017 to help get the province's deficit under control. The province didn't enact the law but used it to try and get unions to settle for a wage freeze.
That plan fell apart one year ago, when a Court of Queen's Bench judge determined the PSSA was "draconian" and violated the right of 120,000 public sector union members to meaningful collective bargaining. The government appealed the decision.