Labour Day: Supporting and celebrating workers

On this Labour Day, we pay tribute to the people who have worked hard to fight for strong rights, fair wages and safe workplaces for workers in this province.

We are fortunate to live in a province and country where our laws protect us and ensure a safe workplace with fair wages. However, there is still work to be done.

We must continue to build on the labour movement’s efforts to defend workers’ rights and ensure that we create quality full-time jobs in Ontario with living wages.

Greens support a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour and fairer taxation for both workers and small businesses. We want to ensure that the implementation of a living wages benefits all workers, does not lead to job losses or a reduction in hours for workers. A living wages should benefit workers and employers.

Greens also support efforts to reduce the rising trend of precarious and part-time work. We urge the government to provide stronger protections for employees who work irregular hours and for temporary and seasonal workers.

Greens also support efforts to make it easier for workers to unionize and the right to bargain. Stronger unionization efforts is a step toward reversing the rising levels of income inequality in Ontario.

The GPO is committed to working for a more responsible and just economy that protects, promotes, and respects all workers. Greens will continue to work hard to foster a prosperous economy that defends the people and places we love in Ontario.