Move is a political pawn played out at the expense of workers' rights
TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) has condemned the Ontario government's Bill 150, which would
make the TTC an essential service. It says that the move is a political
pawn being played out at the expense of workers' rights and freedoms.
"This bill is not about an essential service or potential strike, it's a
political move to appease Toronto voters who put Mayor Rob Ford into
power," said ETFO President Sam Hammond. "By removing the right to
strike of thousands of workers in this province, the government is
turning its back on collective bargaining rights that are one of the
few supports protecting workers during these tough economic times."
Hammond says the very fact that a promise by the Amalgamated Transit
Union President not to strike during the next round of negotiations was
ignored, is evidence that there's another agenda in the government's
decision to make TTC an essential service.
"We cannot let the rights of workers be impinged in any sector just
because a mayor or a political party decides to ride out a troubled
economy on the backs of working people," added Hammond. "We know very
well that the current economic woes occurred because of some
unscrupulous individuals in the global financial sector, and that more
impending corporate tax cuts are the problem, not unions or the
collective rights they have won for people."
Along with publicly opposing Bill 150, ETFO will join the Day of Action
being planned by the Ontario Federation of Labour on April 9, 2011 to
stop the targeting of working people whose rights are protected by
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations: Cell: 416-948-0195