This joint submission to the OWRAC from the Workers’ Action Centre and Parkdale Community Legal Services focuses on app-based companies’ use of misclassification to avoid their responsibility to gig workers. App-based workers have extremely low pay and unstable, dangerous jobs. We call on the Committee to recognize that gig workers are employees, not a new… contine reading
Although the temporary Employment Insurance enhancements during COVID-19 are essential and welcomed, workers still need permanent improvements. The Inter-Provincial EI Working Group submitted crucial recommendations to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. The recommendations fall under the following four categories: 1) better EI financing;… contine reading
The special COVID-19 Employment Insurance and Recovery Benefits will soon run out for many. People are already struggling to make ends meet with these benefits and cannot do without them. The whole economy is also impacted as these benefits have sustained consumer spending at local businesses during COVID-19. COVID-19 and its impacts are far from… contine reading
This joint report from Parkdale Community Legal Services, Workers’ Action Centre, and Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC) addresses the lack of protection for temporary agency workers who do the most dangerous work for the least pay. The use of temporary agencies likely contributed to the spread of COVID-19 on Ontario farms. Research from MWAC… contine reading
Summary of findings of the online survey conducted by the Workers’ Action Centre to hear about the experiences people have had under COVID-19, and specifically the extent to which CERB met their needs, and how they will manage when CERB ends.
When the federal government transitions recipients of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) onto a new Employment Insurance program in September 2020, following the principles outlined in this report will ensure that the new program does not leave any workers behind.
Public Health Officers across the country are telling people to stay home from work when sick. The federal government’s proposal for 10 days’ paid sick leave nation-wide is a crucial step to enable workers, particularly in the midst of the COVID recession, to go home or stay home from work when sick. Fight for $15… contine reading
In our joint submission, Workers’ Action Centre and Parkdale Community Legal Services inform the government that Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, would increase precarious and low-waged work if passed. It would reduce protections for workers from excessive overtime hours and unpaid overtime premium pay. Also, construction workers within a number of public organizations would lose the… contine reading
In our submission, the Workers’ Action Centre and Parkdale Community Legal Services urge the federal government to broaden the fair wage act to cover all government contracts and apply through sub-contracting chains. By setting a level playing field for employers bidding for government work, especially when such contracts are awarded on a low-bid basis, fair wage… contine reading
Joint submission by the Workers’ Action Centre and Parkdale Community Legal Services regarding Bill 47 that seeks to cancel the updates to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and Labour Relations Act (LRA) recently won through Bill 148. The government is pushing Bill 47 through the legislative process despite little consultation with workers in precarious employment who depend… contine reading