“Working people need more help to build a great life and a great career here — not less.” – Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath
A Statement from the Office of Official Opposition and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
Posted October 24th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Queen’s Park — Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said that Doug Ford’s plan to scrap basic worker dignities like paid sick days will hurt hard-working people in Ontario, and drag the province backwards.
Doug Ford’s government announced this past Tuesday(October 23rd) he’s rolling back workers’ rights — taking away paid sick days, requiring a sick note when someone calls in sick, and taking away equal pay provisions so that if employers give a person less than full-time hours, the business is rewarded by being allowed to pay that worker a lower hourly wage.
“When a mom has a sick little one at home that needs to be taken to the doctor or hospital, Doug Ford says she should lose a day’s pay. That’s not right,” said Horwath.
“Doug Ford believes corporations should be rewarded for using part-time and temporary workers instead of creating full-time jobs. That’s not right. And Doug Ford believes that someone who is sick should be required to drag themselves to a doctor’s office and pay to get a doctor’s note, making others sick along the way, even though they will no longer be paid for that sick day. That’s not right.”
Ford’s changes also scrap the $15 minimum wage, ripping about $2,000 a year out of the pockets of the lowest income Ontarians. The regressive changes will make workers more vulnerable to erratic scheduling, and allow temp agencies to continue ending contracts without notice, leaving workers guessing whether or not a contract will be eliminated earlier.
“Working people need more help to build a great life and a great career here — not less,” said Horwath.
“Workers don’t need Doug Ford finding more ways to rip the little guy off.”
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