NSGEU To Launch Legal Challenge on Essential Services Legislation

In light of the Essential Services legislation passed by Stephen McNeil and the Liberal government on Saturday, the NSGEU now plans to launch a legal challenge in the courts.

Similar legislation has been introduced in Saskatchewan and will be argued before the Supreme Court of Canada in May under the Freedom of Association and Equality Rights sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms.

“This legislation is a serious affront to worker’s rights,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome.

“We are very concerned that this government is violating workers’ rights to bargain collectively and unfairly targeting a specific group of workers.”



The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union represents over 30,000 women and men who provide quality public services Nova Scotians count on every day.

 For more information or to arrange an interview with NSGEU President, Joan Jessome, please contact:

Holly Fraughton, NSGEU Communications Officer

424.4063 (office)

471.1781 (cell)


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