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Labour Council to host rally to defend your rights

Monday, October 08, 2012   by: Kate AdamsNorth Bay and District Labour Council
News Release

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Tuesday evening Labour and Citizens will gather to defend their rights.

Tim Hudak leader of the opposition and his Conservative Party continue to support the Liberals induced Bills such as Bill 115, the Ability to Pay Act, Provincial Park closures and the divestment of the ONTC.

“The proposed induction of the Protecting Public Service Act (PPSA) will strip nearly 500,000 workers in the broader public sector of their right to freely negotiate a collective agreement.” Said Henri Giroux President of the North Bay and District Labour Council.

“The government wants to pass legislation that will end access to an independent arbitration process that has been in place for more than four decades” says Giroux.

Interested arbitration replaces the right to strike or lockout. The Ministry of Labour's data show that Ontario's interest arbitration system is working well.

A ten-year comparison of arbitrated wage settlements shows that they are virtually identical to those achieved for the same period in right to strike sectors, private and public. In the health sector arbitrated settlements are slightly less generous than in other sectors. Arbitration offer dispute resolution without labour instability, largely because both employer and workers see the system as balanced and fair as the arbitrator is independent from government influence.

The Conservative lead by Tim Hudak feel these drastic, unconstitutional changes don’t go far enough.

When: Tuesday October 9th at 5:00 pm
Where: Legion Branch 23 on 150 First Avenue West.
What: Rally of the opposition leader Tim Hudak

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