The government argued that the arbitrator did not have jurisdiction to rule on the remedy, since the collective agreement did not rest the retired lawyers. It also argued that benefits for pensioners were not provided for in the collective agreement and did not fall within the scope of Article 17(1). The Government has also argued that post-retirement benefits are not a matter that the parties can negotiate or refer to an interest rate arbitration procedure under the Framework Agreement. On the contrary, post-retirement benefits must be set unilaterally. The Association of Crown Law Agents (ALOC) and the Ontario Crown Attorneys Association (OCAA) deplored the changes announced based on section 17.1 of their collective agreement, which provides that section 17.1 requires that all benefits, including post-retirement benefits, be maintained for the duration of the collective agreement. The fact that benefits for retirees have not been negotiated before and that they have been granted by Council decisions is irrelevant, they said. . . .