On October 23, the Conservative government announced the official repeal of Bill 148. They introduced Bill 47 (Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018) to enact the following:
– Freeze the minimum wage at $14/hour until 2020 (then indexation to inflation will take effect)
– Eliminate our 2 annual paid sick days.
– Repeal equal pay for equal work provisions based on employment status.
– Allow employers to ask for sick notes again.
– Scrap measures to make it easier for certain vulnerable groups (such as temporary agency workers) to unionize.
This action shows the government is clearly not “for the people” but corporate elites who want to remove our basic labour rights.
Premier Ford and the Conservatives have claimed that Bill 148 is a “job killer”, but in fact, the Ontario economy has ADDED 103,000 full-time jobs in the last year. Unemployment is at a record low and working hours are up. Ontario’s economy is not exactly working for us all, the Conservatives’ claim that the $15 minimum wage and Bill 148 reforms have ruined the economy and hurt workers has no basis in reality.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1. Attend upcoming events, like our $15 and Fairness Blitz on Thursday, November 15, at 12:30 pm in York Lanes! There are tons of emergency actions being rolled out in the GTA, see the full list here.
2. Contact your local media to provide a story with a student perspective on why you oppose Bill 47.
3. Contact your MPP’s office so that a) They are part of the opposition party to Bill 47, and, b) If they are in government, let them know that Bill 47 is harmful for students and low-wage workers.
October 23, 2018: Emergency Rally and March to Queen’s Park
October 29, 2018: Vigil for a worker who died a week earlier at a bakery across the street from York University
Petitioning in Vari Hall in the Fall 2018 term