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$15-dollar minimum wage in 2019 a win for Ontario workers, must be followed by legislation to guarantee decent work as well as decent pay, says OFL

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(businesspress24) - TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/30/17 -- The OFL congratulates the Ontario government on the steps it has taken today toward updating Ontario''s outdated labour and employment laws, and on their plan to increase minimum wage across the province.

The OFL recognises the collective efforts of workers in Ontario for their strong advocacy on changes to the labour and employment laws in our province and winning a schedule for reaching a $15-minimum wage.

"The Labour movement has supported the call for a $15 minimum wage, and we''re pleased to see this important step being taken," said OFL President Chris Buckley. "Now it is time to put legislation in place that will guarantee decent conditions in the workplace for all workers, as well as decent pay."

The Labour movement in Ontario is advocating for wide-ranging changes to the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act to make sure every job in Ontario is a decent job, and that it is easier for workers to join and keep a union. The OFL will be engaging with the legislative committee and MPPs over the summer to ensure that the details of the proposed legislation will yield the desired outcome: delivering stability and fairness for all workers in Ontario.

"Every Canadian has a constitutional right to access meaningful collective bargaining under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms," said Buckley. "Our government must protect this right through legislation that removes obstacles for all workers who desire to exercise their rights and join a union."

Employment and labour laws are 20 years behind the times, and this is a much-needed update. While some of these announcements go further than the Special Advisors'' recommendations, there are improvements that can still be made through legislation, said Buckley.

To make it fair, legislation should immediately include:

The list above is a partial list of OFL priorities. to see the full list. To read the OFL submission to the Changing workplaces review, .

The OFL''s campaign takes on issues of inequality in the workforce, and coincides with the province''s "Changing Workplaces Review." The campaign gives voice to unions'' demands for across-the-board changes to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act that would improve standards for every worker and make it easier for them to join a union.

The OFL represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit and follow on and .

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 or follow .

For information on the Fight for $15 and Fairness demands, please visit: .


Ontario Federation of Labour
Meagan Perry
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Date: 05/30/2017 - 17:27
Language: English
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