Ontario not moving ahead with plan to cut workers statutory holidays
TORONTO -- The head of Unifor says he has been assured by Ontario's premier that the province will not proceed with a plan to cut statutory holidays for retail workers.
Jerry Dias says Premier Doug Ford told him today a plan to change the Retail Business Holidays Act and reduce the number of mandatory statutory holidays for from nine to three is off.
Dias says the government had raised the idea earlier this week in a conference call with retail sector stakeholders including the union.
Workers would still have been entitled to Christmas, Good Friday and Canada Day under the now-abandoned plan presented by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.
Ford's office confirmed in a statement today that it is not moving forward with the proposal.
Dias says when he heard about the plan he was outraged and thought it was "completely inconsistent" with Ford's statements about the contribution of retail workers.
"That was the ultimate slap in the face to the workers that have done so much, I couldn't believe that anyone would be so foolish to even contemplate this during the pandemic," he said. "We had a very short conversation where (Ford) told me they were killing it in its tracks."
The Canadian Press
- Hospital workers’ union concerned with Ford’s COVID-19 pharmacy testing plan
- Ford expected to announce Ontario’s reopening plan for child-care centres today
- Paid sick leave coming for Mississauga, Brampton and Ontario workers, says Premier Ford
- Mayor Crombie Seeks Changes to Retail Business Holidays Act
- Education workers voice safety concerns regarding province's school reopening plan
- Male shot in Mississauga, taken to trauma centre
- Police advising motorists to watch out for rogue cow in Milton
- One arrested after loaded firearm found in Brampton
- Mangoes recalled from stores in Mississauga, Brampton and Ontario due to Hepatitis A
- Suspect on the run after early morning stabbing in Oakville