Supreme Court of Canada upholds Saskatchewan Union of Nurses' arguments and strikes down bad law

Publish date: Friday, January 30, 2015


Health care

On January 30, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the province of Saskatchewan's Public Sector Essential Services Act (PSESA) is unconstitutional. Sections of the PSESA removed the right to strike from registered nurses and other "essential" workers.

The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses launched a legal challenge to this legislation in September 2008 and has been committed to this battle for their members and all working people in Canada.

On Friday the Supreme Court ruled that sections of the PSESA which removed the right to strike violates the freedom of association protected by The Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Government of Saskatchewan has been given one year to replace the law with one which does not violate the rights of working people.

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