Analysis of the draft Respecting Collective Bargaining Act (Public Sector), 2012
Steven Barrett, Ethan Poskanzer, Vanessa Payne
In this analysis, we explain why the Protecting Public Services Act, 2012 amounts to the wholesale hijacking by Government of collective bargaining in the broader public sector.
As currently drafted, the proposed Protecting Public Services Act, 2012 and, in particular, Schedule 2, the so-called Respecting Collective Bargaining Act (Public Sector), 2012, goes far beyond simply implementing a wage freeze for workers in the broader public sector. It would give the Government unprecedented control over collective bargaining, the right to strike, interest arbitration (in the case of essential services), and the content of every term and condition of every collective agreement.