TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 29, 2017) - Working people from across Ontario have shared their lived experiences of insecurity, intimidation, precarity and poverty with the Special Advisors and with their MPPs. While their struggle is reflected in some of the recommendations in the Changing Workplaces Review, legislation must go further to improve the lives of working Ontarians.
"Until legislation is passed into law, the government has a chance to do the right thing, and I encourage them to improve on these recommendations so that workers receive the protections they need under both the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act," said OFL President Chris Buckley.
The labour movement has presented the government with a clear framework for creating decent work that will support Ontario workers and their families. The OFL strongly expects any coming legislation to make strides toward improving the lives of Ontario workers.
"The real struggles of working people have informed this process at every step. Workers deserve credit for stepping forward to tell their stories. Now, it is up to the government to show workers in this province that they have heard them loud and clear, and that they are prepared to act," said Buckley.
"I believe this government desires to do right by workers in Ontario; they have all the resources they need to make good on their intentions, and to make it fair," said Buckley.
To make it fair, legislation should immediately include:
It is important that changes to the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act incorporate all the priorities identified in the OFL submission to the Changing Workplaces Review. Unless these priorities are reflected in the legislation immediately, Ontario workers will continue to face barriers to fair treatment in the workplace, said Buckley.
"The government has an opportunity here, and it would be a shame to let it go to waste," said Buckley. "We know that the most vulnerable workers in our province are the ones who can benefit the most from these changes, and we urge the government to give the Changing Workplaces Review added value for Ontario workers."
To read the OFL's full submission to the Changing Workplaces Review, please visit http://ofl.ca/wp-content/uploads/OFL_Changing-Workplaces-Submission.pdf or www.ofl.ca.
For descriptions and information on the priorities identified by the Ontario Federation of Labour and its affiliates, please visit: www.makeitfair.ca/priorities.
The Fight for $15 & Fairness is a campaign supported by community, labour, student and faith groups across Ontario, calling for sweeping reform to employment and labour laws. Central in the campaign is the demand for a $15 minimum wage for all workers, regardless of age, student status, job or area of work. For more information, visit 15andfairness.org or follow @fairwagesnow.
For information on the Fight for $15 and Fairness demands, please visit: http://15andfairness.org/demands/.