Unifor launches provincial bargaining strategy for decent work


TORONTO – The largest union representing private sector workers in Ontario launched a province-wide bargaining strategy to fight for decent work.

 “The provincial government is acting on behalf of business to roll back our rights, but the fight for decent work belongs to workers, not just the government of the day,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “Through unity, we can raise the bar for all workers.”

The Emergency Collective Bargaining Directive was adopted in response to the Progressive Conservative attack on workers’ rights through Bill 47.

“Our message is to the employers of Ontario. If you think that you can go around our union and get Doug Ford to do your dirty work, you’re dead wrong,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Our members fight back when fair wages and labour rights are attacked.”

The program mandates all Unifor local unions to put $15 minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, paid personal emergency leave and fair scheduling on the bargaining table.

The Bargaining Program can be downloaded here, or on unifor.org.

In addition to the bargaining program, Unifor members are taking direct action by organizing in their workplaces and communities. In the past two months, labour activists have collected thousands of petitions, hosted workplace actions, and lobbied their Members of Provincial Parliament.

For further information: contact Sarah McCue, Unifor National Communications Representative at 416-458-3307 (cell) or @email.