A News Release from the Ontario New Democratic Party
Posted October 30th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Queen’s Park, Ontario – NDP Labour, Fairness and Work critic Cindy Forster says after ignoring urgent workplace and labour issues for 14 years, the Wynne Liberal’s proposed labour reforms are a half-hearted pre-election gambit.
“Liberals have had 14 years to make changes to improve the lives of workers in this province, and yet now, in the final days of this government, it’s clear what this Liberal government is willing to do does not go far enough,” said Forster during question period this morning.
During debates on the Liberal’s proposed labour bill, New Democrats tabled amendments that would make it easier for workers to join a union, give workers more vacation time after one year at the same job, and guarantee 10 paid leave days for victims of domestic violence.
The Wynne Liberals voted against each of the amendments.
“New Democrats committed to a $15 minimum wage two years ago. We tabled an amendment that would have actually given servers in restaurants the same money and security as other workers in this province by making the same minimum wage, not a two-tiered minimum wage. The Liberal government voted against this,” continued Forster.
“How is that fair? Will this government, during this committee process, commit to the same minimum wage for liquor servers in restaurants and for young people?”
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