176.22. Sections 176.15 to 176.18 and the first, second and third paragraphs of section 176.19 do not apply to a dispute relating to the negotiation to make a first collective agreement for a group of employees made up of police officers or firefighters.
The settlement of such a dispute is governed by sections 94 to 99.4 and 99.7 to 99.9 of the Labour Code (chapter C-27), except section 90, and by the fourth paragraph of section 176.19 and sections 176.20 to 176.21 of this Act.
Notwithstanding section 81 of that Code, the arbitrator shall hear the dispute within 210 days following the date of the notice the arbitrator has given to the parties and to the Minister pursuant to section 99.1.1 of that Code. If the Minister considers that exceptional circumstances so warrant, the Minister may, at the request of the arbitrator, grant an extension for such time as is determined by the Minister.
The arbitrator must render an award within the earlier of 60 days after the last arbitration sitting and 60 days after the lapse of the period specified in the third paragraph. If the Minister considers that exceptional circumstances so warrant, the Minister may, at the request of the arbitrator, extend the period within which the award must be rendered for such time as is determined by the Minister.
2000, c. 27, s. 3; 2000, c. 56, s. 180; 2001, c. 68, s. 76.