11 Mar 2011

Attack on our right to strike

After the Mayor of Toronto's motion that public transport be declared an “essential service,” Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is now trying to rush through legislation to take away workers’ right to strike before their contract expires on March 31.
Labour Minister Charles Sousa justified the attack by stating “the impact of TTC service disruptions would send economic and environmental shock waves across this province,” while media claim that each day lost to a transit strike costs the city of Toronto $50 million. But this is pure hypocrisy – and a clear attempt to distract from the Ontario government’s $4 billion funding cuts to public transport.

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