BILL NO. 91
1st Session, 60th General Assembly
55 Elizabeth II, 2006
Private Member's Bill
Trade Union Act
Cape Breton South
First Reading: November 8, 2006
Second Reading: November 14, 2006
Third Reading: November 23, 2006 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS) (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
This Bill replaces the right to strike of full-time firefighters with interest arbitration.
An Act to Amend Chapter 475
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows
1 Chapter 475 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Trade Union Act,
is amended by adding immediately after Section 52A the following Section:
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the Trade Union Act
52AA (1) In this Section,
(a) "firefighter" means a full-time firefighter and, for greater certainty, does not include a volunteer firefighter;
(b) "firefighter bargaining unit" means a unit that includes firefighters that has been certified under this Act or that is a party to an agreement filed pursuant to subsection (2) of Section 30 and the certification of which has not been revoked.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act,
(a) no firefighter or member of a firefighter bargaining unit has the right to strike; and
(b) no employer shall lock out a firefighter or member of a firefighter bargaining unit.
(3) The right to strike and the right to lock out firefighters and members of a firefighter bargaining unit is hereby replaced with interest arbitration.
2 Section 52AA, as enacted by this Act, and Sections 52B to 52G of Chapter 475 apply to collective bargaining between a firefighter bargaining unit as defined by Section 52AA and an employer on and after the coming into force of this Act, whether the collective bargaining commenced before, on or after that day.
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