Toronto, April 03, 2019 - By passing Bill 66, the government is
showing its disdain for the workers of Ontario, says the Ontario Federation of Labour.
"Bill 66 is going to cost Ontario workers by reducing the overtime hours they're
paid for, at the same time as it compromises health and safety," said Ontario Federation
of Labour President Chris Buckley. "Longer hours for less pay with fewer safety
protections. That's no good for workers and it's no good for Ontario."
"From increasing the number of children allowed in home-based daycare facilities,
to reducing labeling requirements and reporting on toxic substances used in the
workplace by employers, this government is playing with the lives of Ontarians,"
Under the PC law passed yesterday, businesses in Ontario can now use overtime averaging
to pay workers for fewer of their overtime hours. The law also allows reduced reporting
of toxic substances in workplaces and communities, and deems public entities as
‘non-construction employers', opening the door for non-union companies in the construction
trades to bid on and build public infrastructure projects. It also stops requiring
the employer to post the Employment Standards Act in the workplace.
PC government cuts and privatizations have weakened and removed workplace and environmental
protections, cancelled important programs, instituted a hiring freeze in the public
service, cut funding to key public services like education and social service supports,
and moved toward merging, closing, and privatizing health care delivery services.
"The people of this province are not sitting idly by while the government violates
collective agreements with changes in the construction trades, while continuing
its assault on decent work laws and health and safety in our workplaces and communities,"
said Buckley. "We are organized and we will fight for laws that protect worker safety
and better protections for all workers, whether they are in a union or not."
The Ontario Federation of Labour represents 54 unions and one million workers in
Ontario. For information, visit
www.ofl.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.