Why Canadian Public Sector Unionism is Strong. Troy, Leo

Why Canadian Public Sector Unionism Is Strong, by Dr. Leo Troy, lays the blame on public policy and its administration by both Canada's federal and provincial levels of government. While unionism in Canada's private sector; with its continuing pattern of decline, reflects a similar experience in the United States, bureaucratically entrenched public policy and the unions' ties to political parties have conspired to bolster the fortunes of Canada's public sector labor organizations. However; while their full impact has not yet been felt, there are a number of forces at work that could erode the monopolistic control of Canadian public sector unions.

In 1982, Canada adopted a new Constitution containing a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is conceivable that under this new bill of rights individuals will now have the legal grounds on which to oppose the imposition of collective bargaining. Another; and perhaps more serious assault on the unabashed power of Canadian public sector unions, is the federal government's increased move towards privatization and the contracting out of certain functions to the private sector. Prompted by the fiscal realities of the free market systems at home and abroad, denationalization of state-owned companies has the potential of returning thousands of jobs to the private sector.