TORONTO, July 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Today's Speech from the Throne in Ontario
makes a lot of promises for change, and Unifor will be watching closely
to make sure those changes happen, Unifor National President Jerry Dias
"During the election campaign, Kathleen Wynne repeatedly expressed her
belief that government can be a force of good - and Unifor will
continue to push the Liberals hard to ensure they lead Ontario towards
prosperity," Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.
Today's Throne Speech repeated the Liberal election promise to
reintroduce the budget of May 1, which was defeated when the NDP and
Conservatives voted against, triggering the June 12 election.
"That budget contained some good features to help working families,"
Dias said. "But many details of its promises still need to be worked
Dias said Unifor is determined to ensure the Liberals make good on their
promise to be a government that is a force for good, and take action to
protect and strengthen workers' rights, create good jobs, rebuild our
manufacturing sector, protect public services, reduce poverty and build
stronger, more inclusive communities.
Dias called on Associate Finance Minister Mitizi Hunter - charged with
working out details of the planned Ontario Retirement Pension Plan - to
surround herself with the right experts, including from labour, to
ensure every Ontario worker has access to a guaranteed level of support
in their old age.
"No one should be left guessing whether or not they'll be able to afford
groceries in retirement," Dias said.
The Jobs and Prosperity Fund is a likewise worthy idea that has
potential to help reinvigorate Ontario's manufacturing sector, Dias
"We expect Premier Wynne's commitment to consultation and her history of
considering outside expertise will ensure that the Fund is set up with
the involvement of labour and industry leaders," he said.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when
the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers union merged.
For further information:
Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org or (cell) 647-385-4054.