Premier Jim Prentice notified public sector union leaders of the government’s plans to repeal the legislation at a meeting at Government House.
“Alberta is under new management, and we are taking a constructive approach to labour relations. Union leaders were concerned about the fairness of this legislation, and we have listened.”
“We are interested in building a new spirit of co-operation with our public sector unions. Repealing Bill 45 is a clear indication that we want to work with our public sector workers to develop legislation that ensures fairness for all – employers, employees and Albertans as a whole.”
Bill 45 was passed in December 2013 but has never been proclaimed or put into force. The legislation contained various illegal strike provisions, including increased penalties for illegal public sector strikes.
One of this government’s priorities is finding ways to sustain an effective and efficient public service. As we move towards an essential services model for public sector labour legislation, it’s important to protect Albertans from illegal strikes and ensure public services are available during labour disputes.