Feb 16, 2017
By Michael Kramer
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne says negotiations will soon resume with the province’s doctors – who’ve been without a contract for three years.
It’s been a lengthy and messy dispute – with the Ontario Medical Association saying doctors would not return to the negotiating table – unless the government introduced binding arbitration.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins has said the government would be willing to discuss binding arbitration – but he wouldn’t accept it as a pre-condition to negotiations.
Wynne says Ontario is “committed to the principle of interest arbitration” – and when talks re-start the government will work toward negotiating an interest arbitration process.
The news follows word from the OMA that it has established a new negotiating committee – 10 days after its executive committee resigned – after a vote of non-confidence at an OMA meeting.