Stand up to Doug Ford’s attacks on labour rights

PIPSC President Jennifer Carr issued the following statement in reaction to the Ford government’s unprecedented attack on labour rights in Ontario:

“What Doug Ford is doing is an unprecedented attack on labour rights in Ontario. Make no mistake – if he succeeds in invoking the notwithstanding clause to avoid bargaining with CUPE, he will do that every time he finds anyone’s constitutional rights to be inconvenient to his agenda.

The precedent Doug Ford is setting will be used by every right-wing provincial and federal government to ignore their obligations to bargain fairly. These actions will erode our hard-won rights – not just the right to collective bargaining, but every right enshrined in the Charter.

I want to be clear that this is part of a clear anti-union agenda from this government. Hundreds of PIPSC members continue to reel from Bill 124, which freezes public sector wage increases to 1% per year. This doesn’t just disrespect the hard work of frontline workers by limiting their wages in the face of skyrocketing inflation, it violates our Charter-protected rights to bargain collectively. This is why we’re part of a coalition that is challenging Bill 124 in court – and why we stand with CUPE workers today.

All Canadians must stand up to Doug Ford and stand in solidarity with our fellow workers at CUPE. I urge everyone to join local rallies in support of CUPE members, write to their representatives, and pressure Doug Ford to abandon his unconstitutional attack on workers and return to the negotiating table.

Generations of Canadians have fought bravely to protect our rights and freedoms from government overreach. It’s now our turn to stand up to Doug Ford and his attempt to trample on our Charter rights.”

7 February 2023
On January 30, 2023 PIPSC President Jennifer Carr, accompanied by Jordan McAuley, our specialist on outsourcing, testified before the House of Common Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) about the now-infamous McKinsey contracts awarded by the federal government.

16 January 2023
Any return to office policy must “consider the nature of each department’s work and the services they provide to Canadians.” Those are Treasury Board President Mona Fortier’s own words, and we urge her to heed them, said presidents of PIPSC and CAPE in an opinion letter published in The Ottawa Citizen.

4 January 2023
The New Year is here and I want to take this opportunity to sincerely wish you all the very best in 2023. Our challenges can definitely lead to positive outcomes for our members.

3 November 2022
On October 28, 2022 President Carr met for the first time with Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier to discuss a number of important issues that affect our members, public services and Canadian taxpayers.

2 November 2022
On October 24, 2022 President Jennifer Carr appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) to discuss the nefarious effects of outsourcing on our members, public services and Canadian taxpayers.

1 November 2022
PIPSC President Jennifer Carr urges all Canadians to stand in solidarity with their fellow workers at CUPE.