The Ontario government has announced the dates and locations of the first public consultations being undertaken for its review of labour laws, the Changing Workplaces Review (CWR).
The dates and locations are as follows:
To register to make a presentation at the consultations, email CWR.SpecialAdvisors@ontario.ca or call 1-888-868-5844.
These public consultations are an important opportunity for the government to hear from workers, unions, and community organizations across the province about how the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act need to be updated and strengthened in order to better protect workers.
Workers across the province are organizing to send a clear message to the government that our labour laws have not kept up with changing employment relationships and have been weakened by exemptions, loopholes, and inadequate enforcement. This has left too many workers unprotected. Workers know what needs to change to create decent work in Ontario, and will be using these public consultations to make these recommendations heard.
Read the Workers’ Action Centre report, Still Working on the Edge: Building Decent Jobs from the Ground Up, for an analysis of the current issues with the ESA and a full set of recommendations for change. Contact the Workers’ Action Centre if you would like support in participating in the consultations, and to join the fight for decent work.