FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2000
Bring our people back,
don’t give their jobs to workfare says Casselman
TORONTO – OPSEU president Leah Casselman is demanding that the
Harris government gives MTO jobs to laid off employees instead of
"It’s obvious that the there is work at the Ministry of
Transportation and it belongs to our people so bring them back first
before you give it to workfare recipients," she said.
The Ministry is providing work for 100 workfare placements in such
areas as highway maintenance, vehicle maintenance, and the filing
confidential Driver and Vehicle registration information. OPSEU
members performed many of these functions before the government
reduced the number of MTO staff by forty per cent.
"The government is getting people on social assistance to help
in the provincial sign shop making road signs. These jobs under the
OPSEU collective agreement pay $15 an hour," said Casselman.
"They’re breaking their own rules because workfare is not
allowed to replace paid work. This is nothing short of slave labour."
The placements are located in government offices across the
province including London, Downsview, St. Catharines, Owen Sound,
Bancroft, Ottawa, New Liskeard, Huntsville, North Bay, Sudbury, Sault
Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and Kenora.
"It’s quite simple, if there’s government work to be done
and our members have done it in the past, then our members should have
the first crack at it," said Casselman.
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