The Ford government is already facing union blowback after tabling legislation that would cap public sector wage increases to an average of one per cent per year for three years. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy introduced the legislation yesterday and called it a “fair and time-limited approach” to reduce the province’s deficit.
Ontario Public Service Employees Union president Smokey Thomas raised the possibility of a charter challenge, saying the legislation violated unions’ ability to bargain collectively. The president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation says he has to consider if his group will even stay at the bargaining table.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
Photo Credit: Twitter screenshot – Doug Ford
.@fordnation is taking $$ from frontline wrkrs to pay for his irresponsible decisions. This bill shows a complete lack of respect for frontline wrkrs who deserve better, & @OPSEU will use every tool – legal or otherwise – to stop this dictatorial approach. https://t.co/RJHBOnjaja pic.twitter.com/u8nuMfTUAo
— Smokey Thomas (@OPSEUSmokey) June 5, 2019
Our government is working with all public sector employers and bargaining agents to manage compensation growth. This will ensure we:
✅ Protect public sector jobs
✅ Protect frontline services
✅ Restore fiscal sustainabilityhttps://t.co/VnfqoRE9J4
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) June 5, 2019
— OSSTF Communications (@osstf) June 5, 2019