The president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour says they are issuing a court challenge against the provincial government over wage freezes.
Kevin Rebeck calls the P.C. government’s plan to impose a 2-year wage freeze on the public sector unconstitutional.
The public sector unions are asking the Court of Queen’s Bench for an injunction against the bill, saying it undermines collective bargaining agreements.
In addition to holding public-sector wages where they are for 2 years, as each collective agreement expires, the bill would then increase pay in the 3rd year by 0.75 per cent, and 1 per cent in the 4th year.
While the bill was passed in the legislature this spring, it hasn’t become official yet.
The Progressive Conservative government says the wage freeze is part of their “all hands on deck” approach to eliminating consecutive deficits left behind by the former NDP government, while working towards a balanced budget by 2024.