On November 21, 2018, Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives passed Bill 47 taking away many of the rights that workers had in the Fair Workplace, Better Jobs Act. Workers have lost two paid sick days, equal pay for full and part-time workers doing the same work for the same employer in the same location, and laws that make it easier to join and keep a union.
The majority of Ontarians support decent work laws and the $15 minimum wage that was scheduled for January 1, 2019.
In the lead up to the vote on Bill 47, Thousands of Ontarians wrote emails, phoned Conservative MPPs, rallied, marched, and met with Conservative MPPs to express their support for decent work. Nonetheless, the government passed Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, an act which removes many of these rights.
To read the OFL comment on the passing of Bill 47 click here.
A recent history of decent work laws in Ontario
After 20 years of outdated labour and employment laws, the Government of Ontario introduced the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Actin 2017. This was a result of many hard-fought struggles and the collective voice of millions demanding immediate action to modernize the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act.
Workers made significant strides toward raising the standard of work across the province.
If you believe that your rights are being violated, please contact:
- your union steward
- theOntario Federation of Labour: 1-800-668-9138
- theWorkers Action Centre: 1-855-531-0778
- theMinistry of Labour: 1-800-531-5551
You can also report your boss to the Bad Boss Hotline at 1-855-531-0778.