TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario government will pay out bonuses to top managers in the
Ontario Public Service this week, the union has learned.
While these managers already earn well over $100,000 a year, they stand
to receive thousands extra as a gift for the holidays.
"This is yet another example of the Liberal government's hypocrisy,"
said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "They are demanding that
working people pay for the government's expensive mistakes. Meanwhile
the one percent gets richer. The injustice is clear."
Bargaining teams representing 36,000 direct government employees are
currently in negotiations with the Ontario government for a new
collective agreement. The government has tabled multiple concessions to
sick leave, benefits and severance pay as well as a wage freeze. In
addition they want no movement on the wage grid, and a lower starting
wage for new hires, effectively denying fair wages to younger and less
"Granting bonuses to managers during contract negotiations is a slap in
the face for frontline workers. It demonstrates this government's utter
disrespect for our public services and the public structures that we
all depend on," said Thomas.
For further information:
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications: 416-557-7936