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S.M. 1997, c. 16
THE GOVERNMENT ESSENTIAL SERVICES AMENDMENT ACT
(Assented to June 28, 1997)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
Section 1 is amended
(a) in the English version of the definition "collective agreement", by striking out "the employer" where it occurs for the first time and substituting "an employer";
(b) by striking out the definition "employer" and substituting the following:
(a) the Government of Manitoba,
(b) a person or entity owning or operating a hospital as defined in The Hospitals Act,
(c) a person or entity owning or operating a personal care home as defined in The Health Services Insurance Act,
(d) a child and family services agency incorporated under The Child and Family Services Act,
(e) a regional health authority established or continued under The Regional Health Authorities Act,
(f) St. Amant Centre,
(g) Pelican Lake Centre; (« employeur »)
(c) by adding the following definition in alphabetical order:
"essential services agreement" means an essential services agreement concluded under section 4.1; (« accord sur les services essentiels »)
Section 2 is repealed and the following is substituted:
This Act applies to every union, every employer and every employee who is covered by a collective agreement between a union and an employer.
The following is added after section 4:
If an employer and a union do not have an essential services agreement under this Act relating to employees covered by a collective agreement, the employer and the union shall, at least 90 days before the expiry of the collective agreement, begin negotiations with a view to concluding an essential services agreement.
On the coming into force of this section, a union and an employer with less than 90 days remaining in the term of their collective agreement shall begin negotiations for the purposes of subsection (1) as soon as is reasonably practicable.
An employer other than the Government of Manitoba shall, on beginning negotiations under subsection (1), advise the union which of the employer's services are to be essential services for the purposes of the essential services agreement.
In the case of the Government of Manitoba, the essential services for the purposes of an essential services agreement are the services prescribed under sections 5 and 6.
If, at any point during the 30 days before a collective agreement expires, the employer and the union have not concluded an essential services agreement, the employer
(a) may, on the employer's initiative; or
(b) shall, at the request of the union;
for the purpose of facilitating the negotiation of an essential services agreement, give a notice to the union setting out the information the employer would be required to provide in a notice under subsection 7(1).
Every employee who is covered by an essential services agreement is deemed to be an essential services employee.
Notice to terminate an essential services agreement may be given if
(a) the employer and the union have a collective agreement in effect; and
(b) the notice to terminate is served by the employer on the union or by the union on the employer at least 100 days before the expiry of the collective agreement.
Nothing in subsection (7) affects the obligation of the employer and the union to negotiate with a view to concluding an essential services agreement in accordance with subsection (1).
Section 5 is amended
(a) in the section heading, by striking out "Essential" and substituting "Government essential"; and
Section 6 is amended
(a) in the section heading, by adding "government" after "Other"; and
Subsection 7(1) is amended
(a) by adding ", if no essential services agreement is in effect under this Act, " after "the employer shall"; and
(b) by striking out "and" at the end of clause (b), by adding "and" at the end of clause (c) and by adding the following after clause (c):
Clause 19(1)(a) of the English version is amended
(a) by striking out "the employer" wherever it occurs and substituting "an employer"; and
Section 20 is repealed and the following is substituted:
This Act shall no longer be referred to as chapter G75 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba but may be referred to as chapter E145 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.
This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.