Richard Starr looks at Stephen McNeil’s anti-labour legacy and sees little reason to think that there will be a fundamental reset under premier Iain Rankin.
Larry Haiven takes a closer look at the dispute between the Crown Attorneys and the government. “The Premier and the attorney general are spreading key misconceptions, fed by the public’s (and the media’s) unfamiliarity with the process and economics of collective bargaining. To be sure, these matters can be complicated. But that’s no excuse,” he writes.
The government has ripped up the arbitration agreement with Crown attorneys and unilaterally replaced that with a bogus “right to strike,” which declares Crowns an “essential service,” and renders any work stoppage ineffective. Judy and Larry Haiven explain why the Crowns need our support as they draw a line in the sand.
NS Federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh on the government’s efforts to take away binding arbitration through legislation.
“Bill 203 is squarely aimed at undermining the negotiations of the attorneys now. It is also built to send a message to our 10,000 teachers who are in bargaining and other unions who, in the next 18 months, will also be heading into negotiations,” Cavanagh writes.