May 27, 2022
By Christine Ross
A bill that caps public sector compensation increases is being targeted for repeal by the leaders of three of Ontario’s major political parties.
On the campaign trail, PC Leader Doug Ford did not confirm nor deny if he would bring in any new public sector wage restraint legislation should the Tories win re-election.
“Well as these contracts lapse, I think one’s coming up in August, I can tell you right now, we’ll sit down and negotiate fairly, and I support our front line workers,” said Ford during a campaign stop in Oakville where he announced his PC’s have the endorsement of an 8th union, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793.
Liberal Steven Del Duca says repealing Bill 124 would be his top legislative priority if he`s elected premier.
The NDP’s Andrea Horwath says she too would repeal it and allow workers to bargain for fair wages again.
“Just like I won’t dictate a cap on their wages, I’m not going to presuppose what these working folks are going to want to put on a bargaining table but what I will do, is bargain with respect and in good faith,” said Horwath.
Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner has also said he’d do away with the bill.
The Conservative government introduced it in 2019 limiting wage increases in public-sector contracts to one percent-a-year.