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Decent work labour law repeal is a major setback

November 22, 2018

The passage of Bill 47 rescinds labour laws that were designed to help Ontario workers and their families and is a major setback for working people across the province, says the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
“When the government says it is working “for the people”, what people are the government talking about? As educators, we see every day in schools how poverty and precarious work affect students and their families. Parents are working two or three jobs just to make ends meet,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “Ontario families deserve to live with dignity, so they can realize the promise of a better future.”
The passage of Bill 47 repealed much-needed improvements to labour standards that will also impact unionized workers, including occasional teachers in Ontario by reducing sick day provisions. The bill will result in the elimination of paid sick days, the removal of equal pay for equal work provisions and the reduction of workers’ rights to organize in their workplaces. The union is however calling on schools boards and all employers to do the right thing by continuing to provide decent work conditions for all workers and not drive standards backwards.

As elementary educators around the province, ETFO will continue to defend decent working conditions in schools and fight for the rights of all workers in Ontario.
“We’ve seen time and time again that “open for business” really means that demands of corporations and big businesses get priority, while workers’ wages and benefits are suppressed. As educators in this province we will continue to demand that the government do more to ensure a better quality of life for children and their families.”
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. ETFO’s Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed online at

For more information contact or to arrange an interview contact: Denise Hammond, ETFO Media Relations via email or cellular at 416-948-2428.