News from Workers' Action Centre
The Workers' Action Centre is a worker-based organization that provides information and rights advice to people in low-wage and unstable employment. They are responsible for the Workers' Rights Information Phone Line that provides information and support for people in Ontario who are having a problem at work.More information
The new bill introduces many changes that Workers' Action Centre members and supporters across the province have been calling for through the Stop Wage Theft campaign.
This month the Campaign will be carrying out actions in Halton, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Peterborough, Sudbury, York Region, Cornwall, London, Toronto, and more.
The Workers' Action Centre is demanding an immediate minimum wage increase, launching the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage and calling for a province-wide day of action on March 21st.
Date Monday, November 12, 2012
Time Registration: 12:30 p.m.; Training: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Place 1 Yorkgate Boulevard, Unit 202, Toronto (Yorkgate Mall)
Contact Martha Burbano
Phone 416-531-0778 ext. 258
The Workers Action Centre and Black Creek Community Health Centre are organizing a free training session on workplace and human rights for front line workers delivering employment or settlement services.
On September 17, 2012, the Ministry of Labour announced $3 million for proactive enforcement of employment standards in Ontario workplaces.
The Dalton McGuinty government has pledged to restore $5.5 million in planned cuts to employment standards enforcement.
Workers' Action Centre says every day they are seeing workers not getting paid their wages, yet the government wants to cut $6 million from Employment Standards enforcement.
Service Canada office closures will affect 600 workers and their jobs, and accessing services will get a lot more challenging for workers needing EI.
Date June 27, 2011
Time 6 p.m.
Where 720 Spadina Ave, Suite #223 (Main intersection Spadina Ave and Bloor, south of Spadina subway station)
Supporters and allies interested in the Stop Wage Theft campaign are invited to a campaign supporters meeting on Monday, June 27, at 6 p.m.
About one in three low-wage workers in Ontario is a victim of "wage theft," according to a report being released at Queen's Park.
Date May 13, 2011
Time 7 p.m.
Where Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto (Bathurst & Bloor)
The Workers' Action Centre is launching its wage theft campaign, with performances by Rehaset, Ruben 'Beny' Esguerra and Lishaiand. WAC leaders will talk about their fight to stop employers from stealing workers' wages.
The Workers' Action Centre reports that, despite public outcry, the Ministry of Labour has not introduced any amendments to Bill 68 and it will be going forward to Third Reading in the legislature, and will become law after that.
The Workers' Action Centre is calling for action against Bill 68, in which the government is introducing changes to employment standards which, they say, are a huge step backward for workers.
The Workers' Action Centre has long pushed for changes that would bring temp workers' rights and protections more in line with other workers and says that the new law is a good start in improving protection for temp agency workers.
The Workers' Action Centre says the Ontario government's legislation to protect temporary workers is good news, but warns that pressure is still needed to keep employers from preventing the laws from being passed.
Parkdale Community Legal Services and the Workers' Action Centre are asking those who work with people in low-wage, precarious employment to respond to the Ontario government's consultation on temp agency work.