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CUPE’s National Executive Board has passed a resolution opposing the McGuinty government’s blatant attacks on workers’ rights.

Wednesday, the McGuinty government introduced new legislation that represents an outright attack on the collective bargaining rights of over 480,000 public sector workers.

Bill 115 has already stripped those rights from thousands of workers in the education sector.

The “Protecting Public Services Act” and Bill 115 allow the government to over-rule freely negotiated collective agreements and arbitrated awards and to force their re-negotiation in line with the government’s austerity guidelines.

They also allow the government to impose wages, terms, and significant concessions on public sector workers failing the re‑negotiation of collective agreements.

Without opposition to these bills, CUPE workers in Ontario will be forced to accept terms and conditions of employment that implement the Government of Ontario’s austerity agenda.

CUPE’s NEB has pledged to support the Ontario School Boards Coordinating Committee and all CUPE broader public sector workers in taking appropriate actions to oppose the legislation.