Behind the times: SCC affirmation of right to strike recognizes reality

Behind the times: SCC affirmation of right to strike recognizes reality

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Court Decisions, News, Union Rights

When the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the right to strike in SFL v. Saskatchewan, it curtailed the Canadian state’s ability to intervene and suppress striking activity. Which means that the state is now [somewhat] more limited in its ability to suppress — through police violence or toleration of employers’ thugs — striking workers on behalf of employers, as it did so frequently in the past. That limitation, however modest, is unquestionably a victory for workers.