Saultites Protest Bill 47


This past month, Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government has launched Bill 47, otherwise known as the ‘Making Ontario Open for Business Act,’ which will halt the planned increase from $14 to $15 per hour for minimum wage and reduce the number of sick days that workers are allowed to take.

This comes hand in hand with the repeal of Bill 148, a bill that mandates equal pay for part-time and temporary workers doing the same job as full-time employees and increases vacation time entitlement to three weeks after a worker has been with their company for five years, amongst other benefits that were meant to improve labour relations and health and safety for Ontario workers.

This was a promise that Ford has stood by since his spring election campaign.

However, it is not sitting well with a number of individuals in the Sault.

On Tuesday afternoon, despite awful rain, representatives from a number of local unions stood with the Sault Ste. Marie and District Labour Council rallying for workers’ rights in front of MPP Ross Romano’s constituency office.

They expressed a concern over Romano’s silence on the matter. That being said, Romano was out of town this week for meetings between Nipissing and Thunder Bay.