TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Doug
Holyday is deliberately misleading the public about the wages earned by
the employees at ServiceOntario.
Holyday stood up in the Legislature yesterday claiming ServiceOntario
employees earn, on average, $145,000 a year. He arrived at that
completely bogus figure by taking the organization's total expenditures
($229 million) and dividing by the number of employees (2,000).
"The typical Customer Service Representative at ServiceOntario earns
between $24 and $28 an hour," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey)
Thomas. "This number is in the same range as the $25.68 an hour earned
by the average permanent employee in Ontario."
Thomas went on to say that it is completely outrageous that the
Conservatives would take the total spending, which not only includes
labour costs but also items such as leasing costs for office space, IT
costs, office supplies etc., and then divide it by the number of
employees and say that's what the average employee earns.
"This type of voodoo economics serves no purpose but to give the
Conservatives a soapbox to preach on, despite the fact the soapbox is
built on falsehoods," said Thomas.
Due to service cuts, ServiceOntario has been in turmoil over the past
year or so. The government closed four ServiceOntario offices in 2012
and reduced hours at 22 counters by half this year, mostly in the
OPSEU represents 1,200 employees at ServiceOntario, most of whom are
staff in the in-person service centres and the three call centres.
For further information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas: 416-443-8888