Statement from MPP Michael Coteau, Ontario Liberal Party Labour Critic, regarding Bill 148

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Yesterday, I asked Doug Ford whether he believed that workers in Ontario deserved at least two paid sick days per year. He confirmed that his Conservative government will be “getting rid” of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, and that two paid sick days was simply too much.

This Act is about fairness and decency in Ontario. The reforms brought in under the previous Liberal government were meant to help workers without job security and allow for more predictable scheduling hours. Premier Ford talks a good game about standing up for the little guy and the people of Ontario, but his actions tell another story.

Getting rid of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act will mean less protections for workers, including the elimination of equal pay for equal work, fairer scheduling rules including pay for shifts cancelled on short notice, a minimum of three weeks vacation after five years with the same employer and personal emergency leave for all workplaces.

I urge people across the province to call their local MPP, to call Doug Ford, and to tell them that Ontario workers, who have built this province up, deserve fairness and decent workplace protections.


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