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BCs public sector unions plan to take their constitutional challenge of the provinces contract-breaking law to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Bill 29 was just the start of a legislative juggernaut that has been used to undermine the fundamental rights of working people, says HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt. Its caused chaos in our health care system and deprived thousands of workers of their livelihood.

BCs Court of Appeal dismissed the unions challenge of the bill, but admitted that the substantial constitutional questions are best left to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Right from the start we knew this would be a lengthy legal battle that would likely end up in the highest court of the land, Allnutt said.

Campbells legislative attack on workers has implications for workers rights and the legal status of collective agreements right across the country, says Allnutt. As a result, I expect that there will be substantial interest from unions and other groups from outside BC in our ongoing constitutional challenge.

The unions launched their constitutional challenge to Bill 29 in March, 2002. In September, 2003 the Supreme Court of BC dismissed the unions case.