CUPE members across Ontario are mobilizing in opposition to proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act that would shred the minimum protections enjoyed by workers.
All workers in Ontario will get a raw deal if Tory plans to gut employment standards legislation are realized, says CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan.
The Tory proposals include a 60-hour workweek, one-day-at-a-time vacations and less pay for overtime. The Tories argue these changes are needed to give employers more flexibility and help fuel the economy.
The erosion of minimum standards will hurt non-unionized, low-paid workers the most many of whom are visible minority immigrant workers and women, says Ryan.
Labour leaders are touring the province over the next few weeks, getting the word out to workers and developing plans to fight the proposed legislation.