The OFL is Canada’s largest provincial labour federation, representing 54 unions and over one million workers across Ontario. Many of our affiliates have made their own submissions to the Changing Workplaces Review. These documents present important insights into the specific needs and interests of workers in different sectors.
The OFL will be compiling various submissions from affiliates and allies to provide library of research and progressive submissions to the Changing Workplaces Review.
Submissions from Ontario's Labour Unions:
- Submission by the United Steelworkers - Ontario's Changing Workplaces Review Consultation Process, September 18, 2015
- Unifor-Building Balance, Fairness and Opportunity in Ontario's Labour Market (Submission)
This submission represents a comprehensive effort by Unifor to analyze the causes and consequences of these negative trends in Ontario’s labour market, and to propose a set of policy responses to the economic, cultural, and technological pressures that are reshaping the world of work. Our submission begins by documenting the broad evolution in Ontario’s labour market, including the expansion of precarious work, growing inequality of income, the erosion of institutional bulwarks, and the consequent insecurity faced by most working people. It finds that a combination of cyclical and structural factors has contributed to a fundamental shift in economic bargaining power away from workers – and this shift has allowed employers to determine terms of employment that are increasingly precarious and exploitative.
Submissions from Community and Labour Allies:
The Ontario government has launched a review of the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act, during which it will undertake “consultations on the changing nature of modern workplaces”. Members of the Workers’ Action Centre have spent the past year, building upon previous research, identifying key problems workers are facing in the labour market and developing priorities for change. At this historic moment, WAC’s new report, Still Working on the Edge, brings workers’ voices, experiences and recommendations to this conversation, contributing knowledge that will be essential to updating Ontario’s labour legislation from the ground up.
This paper argues that: "Women are over-represented in low wage and precarious work. A key strategy to address the growing wage gap should be to start where women are most precarious and to build decent jobs
from the ground up. We need a new statutory architecture for equality and decency at work."
If you would like to see your organization's submission included here, please submit it via email to: [email protected]