Bill 124: Bad for you, bad for our communities
Just before giving themselves a five-month vacation, Doug Ford’s Conservatives tabled Bill 124 in the Ontario Legislature. Bill 124 is an attack on front-line public workers and our communities. It blames workers for Ontario’s deficit and limits workers’ wages to below inflation even as the Ford Government hands out tax breaks to profitable corporations and the wealthy 1%.
If passed, Bill 124 would:
- Strip workers of their Charter-protected right to collective bargaining, free of interference.
- Force front-line public sector workers to accept contracts that don’t keep pace with inflation.
- Take money from the wallets of front-line workers that would have been spent in our communities and continue to give the Ford Conservatives’ wealthy supporters tax cuts.
- Set the stage for even MORE attacks on public services and working people, in both the public and private sector.
Send a message to your Local MPP, as well as Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy and Premier Doug Ford below.
Tell them you’re AGAINST Bill 124, and that you want them to vote ‘NO’ when it comes to a vote.
Together, let’s choose communities, not cuts!
Send the Ford Conservatives a Message
TO: Local MPP, Peter Bethlenfalvy, Premier Doug Ford:
I am writing to voice my opposition to Bill 124.
Bill 124 strips public employees of their Charter-right to engage in free, collective bargaining.
Targeting the workers who provide critical public services won’t improve them—this is just another attack on the public services that every Ontarian depends on in their communities.
Front-line workers’ salaries aren’t responsible for Ontario’s financial problems. Our province has a revenue problem, not a spending problem! Ontario spends less per person on public services than any other province in Canada and after years of tax breaks for profitable corporations and the wealthy, it also takes in the least amount of revenue per person.
If Ontario increased our revenue to the average level of other provinces, we would have billions of dollars to properly fund the public services Ontarians rely on, while treating the workers, who deliver those services, fairly, with dignity and respect.
The Ministry of Labour’s own data shows workers wages in the public sector have not kept up with inflation for the past 10 years. Bill 124 will make this already bad situation worse, particularly for lower-waged, front-line workers, providing vital public services.
When Bill 124 comes up for a vote in the Ontario Legislature, I call on you to vote against it and to support the front-line workers of Ontario.
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