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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 2, October 2005

We have a Charter of Rights

The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear Wal-Mart’s challenge questioning the power of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, the province’s labour law and the right of Saskatchewan workers to protection under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"They should start reading our Charter of Rights and Freedoms at Wal-Mart head offices," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. "When Wal-Mart first contested the authority of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board last summer, I sent them a copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

Last summer, following an application by the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Canada to represent employees at a Wal-Mart store in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, the SLRB requested that Wal-Mart Canada deliver its internal strategy materials as evidence in order to determine if the company had breached Saskatchewan labour laws during the union organizing campaign. Wal-Mart has now exhausted all of its appeals.

As well as Wal-Mart’s judicial maneuvering in Saskatchewan, the company is facing a number of similar complaints across the country, including its announcement to close its store in Jonquière, Quebec, after its employees there formed a union.

Source: CLC/CALM

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