Case No. 1172 against the Government of Ontario

Jurisdiction: 
Ontario
Year/Month: 
December 1982
Case status: 
Closed

Inflation Restraint Act, 1982 (Bills 179, September)

The Act imposed maximum wage increases of five percent on approximately 500,000 public sector workers and extended their collective agreements for one year.

Public Sector Prices and Compensation Review Act, 1983 (Bills 111, December)

The Act continued the wage controls of Bills 179 (see above) on approximately 500,000 public sector workers for another year, required arbitrators to consider the employer’s “ability to pay” in the arbitration process and made all collective agreements subject to review by a legislated Restraint Board.

Submitted by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (November 1982).
These two pieces of legislation were found not to comply with the principles of freedom of association.