Case Nos. 1603 / 1587 against the Government of British Columbia

British Columbia
October 1991
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Compensation Fairness Act, 1991 (Bills 82, March)

The Act allowed for the determination of wages for public sector employees by the employer and a government-appointed Commissioner, on the basis of “ability to pay”, with reference to “any fiscal or financial policies adopted by the government”. The Commissioner was given broad powers to override existing collective agreements, impose wage settlements, dictate the manner of calculation of compensation and impose enforcement orders not subject to appeal.

Case 1603 was submitted by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) (October 1991) and Case 1587 was submitted by the World Confederation of Organisations of the Teaching Profession (WCOTP) (June 1991)

The ILO Committee on Freedom of Association ceased to examine these two complaints following the repeal of the Compensation Fairness Act by a newly elected provincial government in 1992.