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Employment Standards Amendment Act, 1983 (Bill 26, October)

The Act allowed employers and unions to agree to contract language that provided workers with less than minimum employment standards and provided that no collective agreement could alter the powers and obligations of the Commission of Public Service.

British Columbia Restrictions on scope of bargaining October 1983

Compensation Stabilization Amendment Act, 1983 (Bill 11, July)

The Act changed the wage increase guideline under Bill 28 (see above) for approximately 220,000 public sector workers to a range for total compensation and established a Compensation Commissioner with power to decide wage increases based solely on considerations of the employer’s “ability to pay”.

British Columbia Suspension of bargaining rights July 1983

Trade Union Amendment Act, 1983 (Bill 104, June)

The Act broadened the time frame for providing advance notice of union meetings and the conduct of strike votes, allowed non-union members to vote in strike and ratification votes and restricted the ability of unions to discipline members for crossing picket lines or violating the union’s constitution.  It also imposed more stringent certification requirements on unions and allowed campaigning by employers against unions during organizing drives and negotiations.

Saskatchewan Restrictions on scope of bargaining June 1983

Labour Statutes Amendment Act, 1983 (Bill 44, June)

The Act eliminated the right to strike for firefighters and hospital employees, imposed compulsory arbitration and required arbitrators to consider government policy, the employer’s ability to pay and non-union wages.  It also allowed the suspension of the collection of dues if employees participated in illegal strike action.

Alberta Restrictions on scope of bargaining June 1983

An Act to Ensure the Continuation of Veterinary Services in the Public Service, 1983 (June) (did not receive assent)

The threat of proclaiming this Act prevented an impending strike by veterinarians employed with the provincial government

New Brunswick Back to work - settlement imposed June 1983

Compensation Review Act, 1983 (Bill 39, June)

The Act restricted wage increases to public sector employees for two years to a maximum of five percent, and required that negotiated settlements were to be submitted to a Compensation Review Commissioner with broad powers.

Prince Edward Island Suspension of bargaining rights June 1983

Public Sector Compensation Act, 1983 (Bill 71, June)

The Act suspended collective bargaining rights for public sector employees for one year and imposed a six percent limit on wage increases.

Nova Scotia Suspension of bargaining rights June 1983

An Act to ensure the resumption of public transit service in the territory of the Communauté urbaine de Montréal, 1983 (Bill 16, May)

The Act ended a wildcat strike by maintenance employees of the Montréal Urban Community Transit Commission.

Quebec Back to work - settlement imposed May 1983

Public Service (Collective Bargaining) Amendment Act, 1983 (Bill 59, April)

The Act enabled the government to designate up to 49 percent of a public service bargaining unit as essential service employees in the event of a strike and broadened the management designation, resulting in the exclusion of 2,000 employees from unionization.

Newfoundland and Labrador Restrictions on scope of bargaining April 1983

An Act to ensure the resumption of services in the schools and colleges in the public sector, 1983 (Bill 111, February)

The Act ended an illegal strike by teachers employed with school boards and CEGEPs.  The strike was provoked by wage restraint and changes in workloads.

Quebec Back to work - settlement imposed February 1983

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