Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2022-05-16

What Have You Done for Me Lately? Back-to-Work Legislation and the Constitutional Right to Strike

Document type Article
Author Braley-Rattai, Alison
Journal Labour / Le Travail
Volume 86
Date 2020 Fall
ISSN 1911-4842
Pages 148-⁠158


Discusses back-to-work legislation, including the definition of essential services, with respect to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Supreme Court of Canada's 2015 decision that upheld the right to strike. Concludes that back-to-work legislation will continue to be the Canadian state's go-to option, although recent case law also supports "meaningful" alternative dispute resolutions.