April 25, 2017
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) stands with the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) in calling for the Ontario government to make all jobs in Ontario decent jobs.
“The Ontario government must make good on its years of study into the root causes of precarious work and make the necessary changes to ensure all jobs in Ontario are decent jobs,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond, who attended the OFL media conference today at Queen’s Park. “Consultations around the government’s Changing Workplaces Review have provided ample evidence that out-dated employment laws must change.”
“The government has the tools to raise the bar for all workers. It’s not a matter of how; it’s a matter of when, and that time is now. People need to be able to work, support their families and live with dignity.”
The OFL and the “Fight For $15 and Fairness” movement have made it clear during consultations that workers need more rights and the government must improve its enforcement of employers’ obligations to treat workers fairly and uphold their responsibilities to employees. Legislative changes are also needed to allow working people to organize and belong to trade unions without interference from the employer.
The labour movement is pressing the government to release the recommendations of the Changing Workplaces Review and to move forward without further delay with updating employment laws.
ETFO is committed to building better schools. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at www.buildingbetterschools.ca. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.