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November 18th, 2013
November 18th, 2013
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C-4 Will Take away the Independence of the Public Service Labour Relations Board

The government will have effectively politicized the role of the Chairperson of the Public Service Labour Relations Board

Wonder how the government's omnibus budget Bill C-4 will really affect federal employees?
After a careful review of Bill C-4, the omnibus Budget Implementation Bill, the Association of Justice Counsel (AJC) discovered many surprises that jump off the page.

Today, the AJC publishes another 'vignettes' capturing some of those surprises we found (or, if you will, traps set up by the Harper Government to weaken federal workers and gut public sector unions).

C-4 Will Take away the Independence of the Public Service Labour Relations Board, Letting the Government Use it as a Political Tool  

If Bill C-4 is passed, the government will have effectively politicized the role of the Chairperson of the Public Service Labour Relations Board by granting the Chairperson the authority to review decisions of adjudicators on request of Treasury Board in lieu of letting the parties accede to the judicial review process, a legal doctrine protected by the Federal Courts Act which preserves access to justice and ensures no undue interference by the executive and legislative branch of government.  

While the proposed bill actually states that either party can request that the Chairperson review an adjudicator´s decision, this is in our view a ruse. The AJC has no interest in accessing a process that would have the effect of eliminating our judicial review rights.  

By allowing the Chairperson to interfere with a duly appointed adjudicator´s decision, the Chairperson would be seen as interfering and influencing the outcome of cases that he or she has not effectively heard.  

This is simply undemocratic and a flagrant abuse of the rule of law, principles of natural justice and due process!  Certainly not a question of streamlining the process, Mr. Clement.



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If you're an AJC member who opposes these attacks on democratic rights contained in Bill C-4, please forward this letter to your local MP and please cc: admin@ajc-ajj.com

And if you're a concerned Canadian who believes in protecting your rights (once they are done with the employees of the public sector, you, as a private sector employee, will be the next target), you can also forward this letter to your local MP.

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