Schreiner responds to wage cap for public sector workers

QUEEN’S PARK — Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act:

“This surprise announcement calls into question the legitimacy of negotiations between the government and public sector unions.

The government is trying to change the channel on their budget cuts and beer debacle by attacking labour and bargaining rights. This is completely unfair and disrespects the relationship with workers.

No matter the fiscal challenges our province faces, revoking workers’ collective bargaining rights cannot be taken lightly and will certainly create more chaos in the public sector.

But since taking power, Ford has repeatedly taken aim at public services, whether he is disparaging public health inspectors or vilifying teachers.

I am particularly worried that a blanket cap on wage increases will hurt vulnerable workers the most, those who make low and modest incomes.

And by including provisions in the bill that would shield the government from charter and human rights challenges, it seems like the government is in fact admitting that its actions cross a line.

The government is setting the stage for instability that Ontario doesn’t need.”