Canada Labour Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. L-2)

Act current to 2014-10-15 and last amended on 2014-10-12. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Right to strike or lockout limited during period between Parliaments
  •  (1) Where a strike or lockout not prohibited by this Part occurs or may occur during the time commencing on the date of a dissolution of Parliament and ending on the date fixed for the return of the writs at the next following general election and, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, adversely affects or would adversely affect the national interest, the Governor in Council may during that time make an order deferring the strike or lockout during the period commencing on the day the order is made and ending on the twenty-first day following the date fixed for the return of the writs.

  • Marginal note:Minister’s report

    (2) Where the Governor in Council makes an order pursuant to subsection (1) during the time mentioned in that subsection, the Minister shall, on any of the first ten sitting days of the first session of Parliament next following that time, lay before Parliament a report stating the reasons for the making of the order.

  • 1972, c. 18, s. 1;
  • 1984, c. 39, s. 33.

Declarations Relating to Strikes and Lockouts

Marginal note:Employer may apply for declaration that strike unlawful
  •  (1) Where an employer alleges that a trade union has declared or authorized a strike, or that employees have participated, are participating or are likely to participate in a strike, the effect of which was, is or would be to involve the participation of an employee in a strike in contravention of this Part, the employer may apply to the Board for a declaration that the strike was, is or would be unlawful.

  • Marginal note:Declaration that strike unlawful and strike prohibited

    (2) Where an employer applies to the Board under subsection (1) for a declaration that a strike was, is or would be unlawful, the Board may, after affording the trade union or employees referred to in subsection (1) an opportunity to make representations on the application, make such a declaration and, if the employer so requests, may make an order

    • (a) requiring the trade union to revoke the declaration or authorization to strike and to give notice of such revocation forthwith to the employees to whom it was directed;

    • (b) enjoining any employee from participating in the strike;

    • (c) requiring any employee who is participating in the strike to perform the duties of their employment; and

    • (d) requiring any trade union, of which any employee with respect to whom an order is made under paragraph (b) or (c) is a member, and any officer or representative of that union, forthwith to give notice of any order made under paragraph (b) or (c) to any employee to whom it applies.

  • R.S., 1985, c. L-2, s. 91;
  • 1998, c. 26, s. 40;
  • 1999, c. 31, s. 162(E).
Marginal note:Declaration that lockout unlawful and prohibition of lockout

 Where a trade union alleges that an employer has declared or caused or is about to declare or cause a lockout of employees in contravention of this Part, the trade union may apply to the Board for a declaration that the lockout was, is or would be unlawful and the Board may, after affording the employer an opportunity to make representations on the application, make such a declaration and, if the trade union so requests, may make an order

  • (a) enjoining the employer or any person acting on behalf of the employer from declaring or causing the lockout;

  • (b) requiring the employer or any person acting on behalf of the employer to discontinue the lockout and to permit any employee of the employer who was affected by the lockout to return to the duties of their employment; and

  • (c) requiring the employer forthwith to give notice of any order made against the employer under paragraph (a) or (b) to any employee who was affected, or would likely have been affected, by the lockout.

  • R.S., 1985, c. L-2, s. 92;
  • 1998, c. 26, s. 41;
  • 1999, c. 31, s. 162(E).