Mounties given right to unionize

Court says RCMP has right to negotiate, not just consult
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/05/2009

Canada’s largest police force has the right to unionize, according to a ruling by the Ontario Superior Court.

Under the current labour relations model, the RCMP’s 22,000 rank and file are given a voice on workplace conditions and policies through a staff relations representative program (SRRP).

However, the SRRP, which came into existence in 1974, was meant to be a mechanism for consultation, not a vehicle for collective bargaining, wrote Justice Ian MacDonnell in his 37-page ruling released April 6. As such, the SRRP breaches the Mounties’ freedom of association, which includes the right to collectively bargain, under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.