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HEU’s efforts to challenge the Campbell government’s contract-busting legislation got a big boost this past week.

BC’s information and privacy commissioner gave the Ministry of Health Services until November 30 to respond to a union request for information filed eight months ago.

This follows an October 30 order by a Supreme Court judge requiring the Campbell government to release confidential cabinet documents dealing with Bill 29, the legislation that stripped BC health care workers of key rights. The union has been seeking this information as part of a Charter challenge launched in cooperation with other BC unions.

“This government has spared no effort to conceal its true motivations for tearing up legally negotiated collective agreements,” says HEU spokesperson Chris Allnutt, in welcoming the decisions. “These actions make a sham of the Premier’s commitment to run the most open and accountable government in the country.”