CLAC Raises Budget Concerns

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The Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) is deeply concerned by the Ontario government’s decision to download the bulk of deficit reduction to public sector workers, outlined in yesterday’s provincial budget.

The Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) is deeply concerned by the Ontario government’s decision to download the bulk of deficit reduction to public sector workers, outlined in yesterday’s provincial budget.

“In reality what the government is proposing is a wage rollback,” says Hank Beekhuis, CLAC’s Ontario director. “In the area of healthcare, the budget is long on rhetoric and general proposals but short on specifics. There are no costs provided for the proposed move to a patient-centred funding model over the next three years.”

While CLAC welcomes the proposed changes to the arbitration system, such as imposing timelines on decisions and improving transparency, “any change to the system must not undermine independence or impartiality,” says Beekhuis. “We welcome an opportunity to participate in a reasonable and comprehensive discussion with government and other stakeholders about the collective bargaining process and the delivery of public services in Ontario.”

CLAC is an independent Canadian labour union representing over 50,000 workers in a wide range of sectors―construction, health care, retail, service, transportation, manufacturing, and others. Based on principles that promote the values of respect, dignity, fairness, and integrity, CLAC’s approach to labour relations stresses membership advocacy, cooperation, and the long term interests of the workplace community.

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