Judicial Developments of Collective Labour Rights - Contextually

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The Supreme Court of Canada's decision in B.C. Health, holding
that collective bargaining attracts Charter protection, emphasizes the
importance of context in constitutional interpretation. The author agrees
with the Court in looking to context as part of a purposive approach to
interpretation of laws, and he argues that such an approach can be compared to the way in which labour laws have been developed in Israel - a country which, in his view, is a useful source of comparative law for Canada. In an effort to respond to changing realities in the labour market and labour relations (most notably the weakening of trade unions), Israeli judges have in recent years created a number of collective rights in the area offreedom of association, collective bargaining, and strikes.
On the basis of the experience of Israeli courts in developing new workplace protections where they are needed, the author contends that the Supreme Court of Canada should now take the next step and extend Charter protection to the right to strike.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)235-250
Number of pages16
JournalCanadian Labour & Employment Law Journal
StatePublished - 2009


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