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Ford government ‘lost our support,’ says OPSEU president


The new president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union spoke out against the Ford government, saying it “has let us down for the last time,” while calling for the repeal of the the provincial salary cap, among others.

“Public sector workers have spoken and they have a message — the Ford government has lost our support,” said JP Hornick, speaking at Queen’s Park on Wednesday morning.

Hornick, who has accused the province of having an ‘anti-worker agenda’, said his members are looking for ‘a dramatic shift in priorities’ in next week’s provincial budget – the last budget before the start of the election campaign and voters heading to the polls on June 2.

“We cannot be distracted by license sticker refunds when workers need real support and meaningful change,” Hornick said, referring to the government’s decision to refund license sticker renewal fees. permit.

Hornick’s message seemed to contrast with the approach of his predecessor, Warren “Smokey” Thomas, who appeared alongside Premier Doug Ford last fall when the government announced a minimum wage increase.

“We are mobilizing our members to elect a government that will support working people,” said Hornick. “We are here to tell Mr Ford that we cannot be distracted by license sticker refunds when workers need real support and meaningful change.”

OPSEU represents 180,000 public sector workers in the province.

Government Bill 124 capped their annual salary increases at 1%.

After its election in 2018, the PC government reversed planned increases to the minimum wage, but has since raised it to $15 an hour and announced an increase to $15.50 in October. Future increases would be linked to inflation.

The NDP and the Liberals have also pledged to raise the minimum wage.

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