Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court overturns labour board decision

Court says labour board exceeded its jurisdiction in ordering Hibernia to hire 25 union members back and to pay them one year's wages

The Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court has overturned an order by the province’s labour board that ordered 25 workers to be re-instated at the Hibernia oil project.

The workers had been laid off since a union organizing drive began in 2000.

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) said it is studying the decision to determine what course of action to take.

“We just received the court decision yesterday (Sept. 21) and, I must say, we were taken aback by it,” said Max Michaud, Atlantic region vice-president for CEP. “I have asked our legal experts to study its contents and then advise us of how to proceed.”

According to a CEP press release, the court ruled the labour board exceeded it jurisdiction when it ordered Hibernia to reinstate the 25 CEP members to their former jobs and to pay them one year’s lost wages.

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