Bill 28 Update: Court denies injunction

Publish date: Monday, July 23, 2018


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Last Friday, Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench denied a request by the Partnership to Defend Public Services (PDPS), a coalition of public sector unions including MNU, to have an injunction granted against Bill 28.

The so-called the ‘Public Services Sustainability Act’ unilaterally imposes a four-year wage control on 110,000 Manitoba public-sector employees, including nurses, with a wage freeze for the first two years followed by increases of 0.75 per cent and one per cent in years three and four.

A favourable ruling on the injunction request would have prevented the government from proclaiming the legislation into effect, but these types of challenges can be difficult to win.

The ruling on the injunction does not in any way detract from the larger court case, which challenges Bill 28 on the grounds that the legislation undermines the process of meaningful, good faith bargaining by preventing public sector unions from negotiating the terms of conditions of employment for its members.

“Bill 28 blatantly interferes with Manitoba nurses’ right to collective bargaining,” said MNU President Darlene Jackson. “We are disappointed with this decision, but the fight is far from over, with the court case still to come. MNU will continue to support the PDPS and stand up for the rights of our members.”

Although the initial ruling denied an injunction, the PDPS is still in a strong position to win the court case. Moreover, the Court of Queen’s Bench did grant expedited court proceedings for the case, which may result in a decision as early as next year (2019).

“I know this is a challenging time for our members on a number of fronts” added Jackson. “I want to thank you for your patience and continued support; we’ll continue to do everything we can to hold this government accountable.”


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