Government must give five days’ notice on sick leave deal, judge says


National Post

An Ontario Superior Court judge ordered the Conservative government to give five days’ notice if it plans to impose a new sick leave deal on Canada’s public servants.

Justice Robert Beaudoin set Oct. 29 to hear a motion brought by federal unions for an injunction to stop the government from invoking new legislative powers that would allow it to force a deal.

The Conservatives’ legislation leaves the timing for a deal wide open but Treasury Board President Tony Clement has said he wants a deal before the Oct. 19 election.

In his order, Beaudoin said if the government intends to go ahead, it should provide five working days’ notice of its plans. The court will then decide whether the Oct. 29 hearing should be rescheduled.

Thirteen of the 17 federal unions recently filed a motion seeking an injunction to stop the government from invoking the new powers it gave itself…

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