NS: NSGEU to launch legal challenge on Essential Services Legislation

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'This legislation is a serious affront to worker’s rights,' says NSGEU president Joan Jessome.

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[HALIFAX, NS] - The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) has just announced its intentions to launch a legal challenge in the courts in light of the Essential Services legislation passed by Stephen McNeil and the Liberal government on Saturday.

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."

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