Last night, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal party won a majority in the Ontario election. Voters rejected Tim Hudak’s austerity vision of massive cuts to jobs and services, and freezing of the minimum wage.
In her acceptance speech, Kathleen Wynne promised a government that would not leave anyone behind and that would get to work on creating good, well-paying jobs. To fulfill this promise, Kathleen Wynne needs to introduce a decent work agenda that raises up wages and working conditions for Ontario workers.
The decent work bills brought forward last session to expand protections for temp agency workers and migrant workers, crack down on wage theft and index the minimum wage to inflation were a good start. But to truly address precarious work, the Liberals must go much further and expand comprehensive protection for Ontario workers. To create the good-paying jobs that are so urgently needed, Kathleen Wynne must act quickly to introduce a $14 minimum wage that brings workers above the poverty line.
In a response to a questionnaire that WAC and the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change sent to all political parties during the election, the Liberals promised that if elected, they would reintroduce key workers rights bills and to work with WAC and other advocates to develop improvements.
In a majority government situation, it is more important than ever that we build our power to hold elected officials to their promises and to win fair wages and decent work. Let’s start with a powerful community delegation to remind the new Minister of Labour that over $1 million workers in Ontario need a raise to $14 now! Join us on June 18th!
Fair Wages Now!
Ministry of Labour Rally & Delegation Visit
Wednesday June 18th, 12pm
Ministry of Labour office
400 University Ave., Toronto
Our fight for a $14 minimum wage continues no matter who gets elected! Join the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage on June 18 in front of the Ministry of Labour for a rally and community delegation visit.
Help us present the thousands of signatures we have collected from community members across Ontario calling for a $14 minimum wage.
Let’s show the new Minister our fight for fair wages cannot be ignored! There are too many of us – about a million – struggling to get by on inadequate wages and we’re not going away.
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