Filing a Complaint Under the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act

Filing a complaint

Complaints can be filed under section 190 of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act (FPSLRA). Complaints under this section will pertain to one or more of the following:

  • duty to observe terms and conditions
  • duty to bargain in good faith
  • duty to implement provisions of the collective agreement
  • duty to implement provisions of an arbitral award
  • unfair labour practices

Time limit for filing a complaint

A complaint must be filed using Form 16 and it must be filed within 90 days after the first day on which the incident occurred that led to the complaint (see subsection 190(2) of the FPSLRA and section 57 of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Regulations). Failure to do so will result in a refusal by the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB) to hear the complaint. Requests for extensions of time cannot be granted.