Secret Document Exposes Tories’ Anti-Worker Agenda
November 25, 2013
Ontario Conservative Party Leader Tim Hudak’s antipathy toward unions is no secret, but a recently leaked internal campaign document reveals just how anti-labour a potential Tory government could be.
As the newspaper reports, promoting a Canadian version of so-called right-to-work-for-less would be one of Hudak’s top goals.
As the Star reports:
Since its introduction in 1946, the Rand Formula has prevented the introduction of right-to-work laws in Canada’s provinces and has been widely accepted by all major political parties as the foundation for 0labour law.
But the Tories hard-right turn – in Ontario and federally – have put workers’ rights and the labour movement at risk.
“Hudak calls it ‘labour market flexibility’ but it’s really just right-to-work-for-less,” First District Political Action/Media Strategist Matt Wayland told the Electrical Worker in April. “And it’s a serious threat.”
A recent study finds that eliminating the Rand Formula would do to Canada what anti-union laws have done in parts of the United States: drive down wages and working standards.
The wage differential for Canadian unionized workers over non-unionized employees in comparable jobs is between 7 and 14 percent, reports the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights. By weakening organized labour, Hudak’s policy agenda would increase income inequality and give corporations more control over the political process according to the labour rights organization.
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