TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The President of the Ontario Public
Service Employees Union said that while Premier Wynne's first throne
speech has some promising aspects, it will be her first budget that
really spells out the direction of the Ontario government.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas said that his union members have specific
concerns on how the government plans to deal with Ontarians who receive
assistance from the province.
"While we're encouraged that the Liberals will allow people on social
assistance to keep more of what they earn, it appears that Wynne's
government still wants to move forward on downloading Ontario
Disability Support to the municipalities," said Thomas. "This will
result in a reduction of benefits for sole-support parents on
Thomas said that, in the weeks ahead, OPSEU will continue to assess
Wynne's government to see if the new Premier will commit to preserving
quality public services in Ontario and ensuring that services are
delivered by professional public sector workers.
"We are certainly not 'partners' with the Liberal government, and our
priorities for public services are very clear," Thomas said. "We want
assurances that this government will respect the collective bargaining
process for all unionized workers in this province."
Thomas also hopes this government will focus on putting resources
towards the "99 per cent" instead of continuing the course of billion
dollar tax breaks for rich and profitable corporations. "We intend to
put suggestions forward for the next Ontario budget, and it is our
expectation that we can have an open and honest dialogue with the
government that will result in making lives better for working
Ontarians," Thomas said. "While economic costs are important, we hope
that the new Premier will focus on the human cost of service cuts and
strike a better balance than her predecessors."
For further information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas (613) 329-1931