Ontario Liberals to unveil sweeping labour reforms Tuesday

May 29, 2017
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Toronto Star

Premier Kathleen Wynne is set to unveil dramatic labour law reforms, including greater employee protections, a push toward a $15-an-hour minimum wage, more paid vacation time and measures to make it easier for workers to unionize.

On Tuesday, Wynne and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn will launch the Liberal government’s formal response to the Changing Workplaces Review, which made 173 recommendations on improving job conditions for Ontarians.

Although the province will not immediately adopt all of the proposals from the 419-page review prepared by special advisers C. Michael Mitchell and John C. Murray, it will serve as the template for changes.

Sources say Wynne wants to strike a balance in the reforms — which will not be introduced in the legislature until the fall session — to ensure they are acceptable to both employees and employers.

“Ontario businesses have never been better at creating wealth, but ensuring those benefits are shared widely and fairly, that seems to be getting more difficult,” the premier said in a major speech last month in Hamilton.

“We must do more than simply protect people’s wages and their ability to earn a good living. We must work to create a fair economy that provides opportunity and security for everyone,” Wynne said.

“It means fair workplaces with decent benefits; workplaces where employers meet their obligations to their workers; and it means good pensions,” she said, noting she led the way in persuading other premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to boost the Canada Pension Plan.

“The changing nature of work is leaving some people vulnerable. They’re working contract to contract or they’re otherwise dealing with an unstable or precarious work situation. They can be let go with no warning as a result; some people can slip into poverty.”

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