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Bill 148 must be amended to assure workers’ rights- ETFO

July 21, 2017

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) added its voice to the Ontario Federation of Labour’s (OFL) call for the government to amend Bill 148 to protect workers.

“The Changing Workplaces Review doesn’t go far enough,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond, who joined heads of unions today at a Queen’s Park media conference. “The government must, among other things, strengthen equal pay for equal work language in the bill, prohibit any occupations from being excluded from the Labour Relations Act, and enable workers to form a union without interference by the employer.”

“As educators, we see how poverty and precarious work affects our students. They and their families deserve to live with dignity so they can realize the promise of a better future. That will only happen if the government enacts comprehensive changes to safeguard decent work,” added Hammond.

Hundreds of labour activists were at Queen’s Park today as the OFL made a submission on Bill 148 to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on behalf of 54 unions and one million workers. The OFL submission can be viewed here.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.