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The Progressive Conservative government has introduced legislation to modernize how public-sector workers are governed in Manitoba.
Central Services Minister Reg Helwer said the core elements of the Civil Service Act have not changed since 1885 and no longer reflect the work environment and practices of a modern public service.
He said Monday passage of the 87-page Public Services Act would provide Manitoba with "the most modern public service legislation in Canada."
Bill 19 would cover not just the civil service, but Crown corporations, health organizations, post-secondary institutions, school districts and other institutions covered in the government's financial reports. Its influence would also extend to provincial legislature staff and those who work in MLA constituency offices.
The government said the proposed legislation focuses on maintaining an efficient, safe and harassment-free workplace. It would set out fundamental values such as integrity and respect for others and ensure these concepts are consistently applied.
"A lot of it is aspirational on how we want individuals in the civil service to interact with each other and with the public," Helwer told reporters.
The proposed legislation would dissolve the Civil Service Commission and establish a Public Service Commission, led by a public service commissioner.