Bill Pollock

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Bill 47 Proposes Significant Changes to Ontario Labour and Employment Legislation

October 24, 2018

Ernie Schirru

Summary and Overview

On October 23, 2018, the Ontario government tabled Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, for first reading in the legislature.

Read what changes will be effecting workers: 

Doug Ford ran for office under the slogan: ‘For the People’

(TORONTO, ON) – Today’s announcement by the government of Ontario repealing the majority of Bill 148 steals basic rights from Ontario workers. Ford’s plan cuts wages, makes it easier to fire workers in precarious work, eliminates paid sick days, makes it more difficult to join and keep a union, and cancels fairer scheduling laws.

This announcement means a real-dollar wage cut for minimum wage employees, the elimination of two paid sick days, fairer scheduling and equal pay rules that would have ensured workers are paid the same for doing the same work.

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Municipal Election Results

It was an amazing Day of Action on Monday October 15. With over 50 actions across the province that included a banner drop, rallies at MPP offices, information pickets, petitions signing, a big rally at the Ministry of Labour, and OFL President Chris Buckley meeting with the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade We sent our message loud and clear: Ontario needs decent work laws and the January 1 increase to a $15 minimum wage. We have to keep up the pressure.

October 2, 2018

Premier Doug Ford told the legislature today that he would scrap paid sick days, as provided in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, known as Bill 148.

Paid sick days and the other reforms in the Act from the legislated increase in the minimum wage to $15 to unpaid personal emergency leave and regulations that protect wages when workers face contract flipping, are improvements for workers across the province.

Protesters rallied across the province Monday urging Premier Doug Ford not to scrap new worker protections after he pledged earlier this month to repeal the law giving Ontarians two paid sick days, equal pay for equal work and a minimum wage bump.