|DUNLOP QUESTIONS PREMIER’S
MOTIVE IN PROPOSING
LABOUR LEGISLATION THAT WILL KILL JOBS
For Immediate Release
January 19, 2004
(Queen’s Park) –
Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop today criticized
the McGuinty government for proposing job-killing
legislation to end the optional 60-hour work week,
while announcing even more consultations.
“Keeping this election promise won’t
cost Dalton McGuinty a nickel, but it could cost
many Ontarians their jobs,” said Dunlop.
“Employers need the flexibility of the Employment
Standards Act to create jobs. The consultation
process is merely a public relations exercise
to curb the expected backlash from businesses.”
Dunlop noted that the pressure is mounting daily
on the new McGuinty government to keep its election
promises. He believes this pressure comes not
only from the media and the public, but also from
the numerous stakeholder groups that are waiting
in a line that gets longer every day to have their
election promises kept.
“I’m sure McGuinty’s union
buddies will be very pleased with this announcement,”
said Dunlop. “It’s the new government’s
way of paying back their election dues to union
The new Employment Standards Act that came into
effect on September 4, 2001 gave employers and
employees more flexibility in creating work arrangements
that better suit personal and business needs.
Under this legislation, employers and employees
may agree in writing to excess hours up to a maximum
of 60 hours per week.
The legislation also covers other labour-related
matters such as pregnancy and parental leave,
emergency leave, hours of work and overtime, rest
periods, wages, vacation with pay, and public
holidays. For example, combined parental and pregnancy
leave was extended under the legislation to up
to one year.
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