October 29, 2018

Media Advisory: “Taking away protections from workers makes Ontario Open for Sickness” say advocates, who are calling on Premier Ford to immediately withdraw Bill 47

(TORONTO, ON) -- Leaders of the $15 and Fairness movement, including a family physician, a mother who lost her 2-year old son to influenza and a former temp agency worker, will be speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the Queen’s Park media studio.

Last week Doug Ford government tabled Bill 47, seeking to repeal almost all of the new workplace protections that were adopted a year ago, which aimed to ensure safety and well being on the job.

If passed, Bill 47 will:

  • eliminate 2 paid sick days and reduce access to personal emergency leave
  • lower penalties assigned to employers for violating workplace laws
  • make it easier to deny workers any employment standards protections -- including EI, CPP and WSIB -- by misclassifying them as self-employed contractors, instead of employees
  • make it easier for employers to fire workers who decline last-minute shifts
  • impose a real dollar wage cut for Ontario’s lowest paid workers by delaying a $15 minimum wage in Ontario to 2025
  • allow employers to pay part-time and temporary agency workers a lower wage than their full-time or directly-hired counterparts, which will lead to an increase in precarious jobs with no benefits

When: Press Conference on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Where: Queen’s Park Media Studio
Speakers: Dr. Danyaal Raza, a family physician and member of Decent Work & Health Network, Jill Promoli, mother of Jude who died at the age of two due to influenza, Navi Aujla, former temp agency worker and Deena Ladd, Workers’ Action Centre.

For more information: 
Nil Sendil
Communications Coordinator, Fight for $15 and Fairness
info@15andfairness.org l 647-710-5795