Case Nos. 2403 / 2401 / 2343 against the Government of Quebec

October 2004
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An Act respecting bargaining units in the social affairs sector and amending the Act respecting the process of negotiations of the collective agreements in the public and parapublic sectors, 2003 (Bills 30, December)

The Act set a ceiling of four bargaining units per health care employer, introduced a mandatory bargaining process and eliminated the right to strike and the arbitration framework beyond the negotiation of the first agreement.

Case No. 2403 was submitted by the Centrale des syndicats démocratiques (CSD), Centrale des syndicats de Québec (CSQ) and Quebec Federation of Labour (FTQ) (October 2004); Case No. 2401 was submitted by the Syndicat des professionnelles et professionnels du gouvernment de Québec (SPGQ) (November 2004) and Case No. 2343 was submitted by the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) (May 2004).

The ILO Committee on Freedom of Association ruled that based on the complainant’s allegations and the government’s reply, it is not clear whether the legislation is in conformity with the principles of freedom of association.