“Bell calls it restructuring due to challenges in the media industry, yet only workers pay the price, while executive salaries and retention bonuses increase unchallenged.” Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster
A Statement delivered by Welland Riding MPP Cindy Forster this November 21st in the Ontario Legislature
Posted November 22nd, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Ms. Cindy Forster: ”I was deeply troubled to hear of yet more layoffs by Bell Media across Canada, with jobs being cut at TV and radio stations, including HTZ-FM in St. Catharines.
It is heartbreaking for employees and their families to be put through this so close to Christmas. Bell Media did exactly the same thing a year ago, affecting nearly 400 employees across the country.
Now, Bell calls it restructuring due to challenges in the media industry, yet only workers pay the price, while executive salaries and retention bonuses increase unchallenged. One that was actually reported: a $900,000 bonus last year in addition to a $1-million salary.
Job insecurity, inadequate wages—this precarious employment seems to be the story in many industries these days. In fact, the Liberal federal finance minister, Bill Morneau, has suggested that young Canadians should just “get used” to precarious employment.
It is clear that Kathleen Wynne’s (Ontario) Liberals agree with their federal colleagues based on their recent inability or unwillingness to address precarious work for Ontario’s college faculty.
Mr. Speaker, it is time this government prioritizes Ontarians over re-election. It is time they stopped ignoring the growing job insecurity in this province and in this country, and it’s time for a plan to help our young people so they never have to get used to precarious work.”
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