Restrictive Labour Laws directory


Title Jurisdiction Type of Legislation Datesort ascending

Education (Interim) Finance Act, 1982 (Bill 27, June)

The Act enabled the government to block wage increases previously agreed upon through negotiations between teachers and public school boards.

British Columbia Suspension of bargaining rights June 1982

An Act respecting remuneration in the public sector, 1982 (Bill 70, June)

The Act imposed an average wage reduction on approximately 300,000 public sector workers of 19.5 percent for the period between January 1 and March 31, 1983, removed the right to strike and extended collective agreements due to expire.

Quebec Suspension of bargaining rights June 1982

Public Sector Compensation Restraint Act, 1982 (Bill C-124, June)

The Act legislated away collective bargaining rights of approximately 200,000 public service employees for two years, imposed maximum wage increases of six percent and five percent for a minimum of two years and rolled back signed agreements with increases above those amounts. 

Federal Government Suspension of bargaining rights June 1982

An Act to Ensure Resumption and Continuation of Certain Non-Teaching Services in the Public Service, 1982 (Bill 18, April)

The Act ended a legal strike by two bargaining units of school board support staff.

New Brunswick Back to work - settlement imposed April 1982

Health Services Continuation Act, 1982 (Bill 11, March)

The Act ended a strike by nurses employed by the Alberta Hospitals Association and other health care establishments.

Alberta Back to work - settlement imposed March 1982

Labour-Management Dispute (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1982 (March)

The Act prohibited a strike by hospital employees to take place during a provincial election campaign if the strike created a matter of “pressing public importance” or a danger to public health and safety.

Saskatchewan Restrictions on scope of bargaining March 1982

Employment Development Act, 1982 (Bill 16)

The Act enabled the government to deny workers the right to strike if they worked at sites deemed by the government to be an economic development project.

British Columbia Restrictions on scope of bargaining January 1982

An Act respecting the transit service of the Commission de transport de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal, 1982 (Bill 47, January)

The Act prohibited a strike by transit workers, extended their expired collective agreement and ordered conciliation.

Quebec Back to work - settlement imposed January 1982


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