The Minister of Labour puts out this press release in an attempt to make the Ford gov’t look like some kind of hero.
Ford and his cronies did just what the Harris gov’t did, “not let a good crisis go to waste and in the event that there is no crisis, make one”!
Instead of opening up dialog after the first contract rejection, Ford and his cronies, otherwise known as the OPC caucus, jump in to undermine the Collective Bargaining rights of the PWU Members working at OPG.
Instead of seeing the Ford cronies as some kind of heroes, let’s see them for the lapdogs of the regressive right and myopic businesses that they are:
Statement by Minister Laurie Scott and Minister Greg Rickford on the Passage of Labour Relations Amendment Act (Protecting Ontario’s Power Supply), 2018
December 20, 2018 12:30 P.M.
Ministry of Labour
Today, the Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour, and the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, issued the following statement on the passage of Bill 67, the Labour Relations Amendment Act (Protecting Ontario’s Power Supply), 2018:
“Despite delay tactics and political games putting our electricity supply at risk in the heart of winter, the Legislature has passed Bill 67, preventing large-scale power outages across Ontario. The people of Ontario can be assured this holiday season that they will have the power they need to light up and heat their homes and businesses.
“Our government has been clear that we will do whatever is necessary to keep a steady supply of electricity in Ontario. And above all, we will always put the interests of Ontarians first.
“A collective bargaining deadlock between OPG and the Power Workers’ Union resulted in the union issuing strike notice, allowing for the shutdown of OPG’s nuclear and hydro-electric assets that produce 50 per cent of Ontario’s power. The Independent Electricity System Operator concluded that Ontario would not have the electricity needed to meet consumer demand resulting in brownouts and blackouts across the province.
“The passage of Bill 67 removes the risk of widespread power outages and allows a dispute resolution to happen appropriately. The amendments to the Labour Relations Act, 1995 prohibit and stop any strikes or lockouts between OPG and PWU for the current round of bargaining. All matters in dispute will be referred to a neutral mediator-arbitrator for a fair dispute resolution process.
“By keeping lights and heat on, we’re protecting the health and safety of the people of Ontario.”
Minister Scott’s Office
Ministry of Labour
Minister Rickford’s Office