The Ontario Federation of Labor calls on the 2022 Ontario Budget to

TORONTO, April 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Ontario Federation of Labor (OFL) calls the 2022 Ontario Budget “too little, too late for Ontario workers.” After four years of attacks on workers’ rightsfurther away privatization of public servicesand reverse bad decisionsFord’s Conservative government has proven that it is not there for workers.

“The Ford Conservatives had four years to do good for Ontario workers, and they failed. Let’s get rid of Doug Ford,” said Patty Coates, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour. “In the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, when Ontarians needed investment in public services the most, Ford’s Conservatives repeatedly prioritized big business over the good. – to be people. Today’s budget announcements will not change that.

Many of the announcements made in today’s fake budget have already been announced by the Ford government, but the Ontario Federation of Labor says they are not enough to bring about real improvement in the lives of Ontarians.

“Tax breaks and license plate discounts are not the answer to making life more affordable. We need real and sustained investments in public services, including health care and long-term care, and the repeal of Bill 124,” Coates said. “The priorities the Ford government has outlined today show they have learned nothing from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.”

To truly build for the future, the Ontario Federation of Labor says Ontarians need a $20 minimum wage, decent work, affordable housing, permanent paid sick leave, well-funded public services, living income support for all, climate justice, status for all, and an end to racism and oppression. These demands are part of the Putting Workers First program that people across the province are mobilizing for in a provincial day of action this Sunday, May 1.

“It is time for more than empty platitudes. It’s time to put workers first,” Coates said. “On May 1, International Workers’ Day, we are taking action to ensure that the issues that matter most to workers and their families are on the table on June 2.”

The Ontario Federation of Labor represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information please contact:
Melissa Palermo
Communications Director
Ontario Federation of Labor
[email protected] l 416-894-3456

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