Unions Are Already Threatening A Charter Challenge After The Government Moved To Cap Wage Increases At 1 Percent

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

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan