TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 20, 2017) - Precarious work is bad for one's mental and physical health, according to a new survey of nearly 5,000 Ontario workers, by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL).
Almost one-third of survey respondents cite mental and physical health issues as impacts of precarious work. According to the survey results, young people (18 to 34 years), precarious workers, and women are more likely to experience mental health distress.
Survey results underscore the necessity of modernizing Ontario's woefully out of date employment laws.
"We need to consider the whole picture when it comes to employment, instead of just businesses' bottom line," said OFL President Chris Buckley. "I think that's what business critics are missing, when we talk about changing the employment laws to make improvements for workers. Precarious work makes people sick – period."
Buckley said that this is why the OFL and labour unions across Ontario, with the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign, are determined to make changes to the Employment Standards and Labour Relations Acts to make sure workers don't face the overwhelming stress of long-term precarious employment.
"The government must have the courage to chart a different direction for our economy," said Buckley.
The survey was detailed in a news article in today's Toronto Star, by journalist Sara Mojtehedzadeh 'Precarious work's harsh realities.'
Survey findings also include:
From July to the end of October, 4,771 Ontarians completed the OFL's survey, which asked about experiences of precarious employment and the experiences of family members. The 15-minute survey was conducted in person and online.
Of the survey respondents, 82 per cent were union members; close to three-fifths were female, and two-fifths were male.
The OFL's www.MakeItFair.ca campaign takes on issues of inequality in the workforce, and coincides with the province's "Changing Workplaces Review." The campaign works toward across-the-board changes to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act that would improve standards for every worker and make it easier for them to join a union.