Restore Free Collective Bargaining! Repeal Imposed Contracts!
Bill 115 was imposed by the Liberals, with the full support of the Tories, to restrain labour and democratic rights and curtail local democracy and autonomy in Ontario. This enabled massive cuts to education transfers, including $2 billion to workers’ wages and benefits.
The Liberals are working hard to convince their corporate backers that they can be just as tough as the Tories when it comes to imposing austerity in Ontario. Read more
The Communist Party (Ontario) has called on the government to resign following Education Minister Laurel Broten’s action this week. The Education Minister has unilaterally and illegally suspended free collective bargaining between elected Public School Boards and teachers and educational workers’ unions across the province. She has imposed wages and conditions of work modeled on the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) deal – a deal that is currently being appealed in the courts by OECTA locals whose members were not allowed to vote on the deals agreed to by OECTA officials.
CPC (Ontario) leader Elizabeth Rowley said today:
“With Parliament suspended by the Premier, the Minister and government have no right to take such sweeping, arbitrary and anti-democratic action affecting fundamental rights and freedoms of workers in this province, affecting the rights of public school supporters and elected School Boards to local autonomy and democracy, and severely and negatively impacting over one million public school students, their parents and families. Read more
The CPC (Ontario) today gave its full support to striking teachers who have been forced to take action because of the provincial government’s illegal attack on the free collective bargaining rights of teachers and educational workers.
If this attack is not defeated, it’s clear the government will extend Bill 115 to cover all public sector workers and contracts in Ontario, eliminating free collective bargaining and the right to strike for more than 1 million unionized workers in Ontario. Read more