TORONTO, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - On March 28th, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) will be going to Queen's
Park in support of an NDP motion to be introduced by MPP Taras Natyshak
that will call on the province to halt its decision to end the revenue
sharing Slots at Racetracks Program (SARP). The revenue sharing
agreement, which generates more than $1.1 billion per year for the
Province, has supported the horse racing industry and is integral to
the survival of racetracks and the 55,000 jobs that rely on the
PSAC Regional Executive Vice President for Ontario, Sharon DeSousa, is
optimistic about what Thursday's motion means for the future of jobs at
"Mr. Natyshak's motion is a big step in the right direction. PSAC
represents 480 workers in the gaming sector in Ontario, including 80 at
Georgian Downs Racetrack in Innisfil whose livelihoods are in jeopardy,
along with those of thousands of others in communities across
Ontario." said DeSousa.
"Many people have already been laid off, and many more are living in
fear of the same. The government needs to stand up for good jobs by
developing a responsible gaming strategy that includes the protection
of quality employment. This motion will help pressure the government
to re-think its decision to abruptly end SARP and in doing so; threaten
an industry so many people depend on."
PSAC launched a campaign in January to fight back against the
government's hasty decision to swap the Slots at Racetracks Program for
new casino developments as part of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation's (OLG) gaming modernization plan.
MPP Natyshak's motion also calls for referendums on new casino
developments and requires extensive consultation with the horse racing
industry to ensure its sustainability.
SOURCE: Public Service Alliance of Canada - Ontario
For further information:
Communications Officer, PSAC