TORONTO – The union representing workers at the LCBO is calling
for better wages and working conditions for part-time and temporary workers – no
matter where they work.
"At a time when key sectors of our economy are losing jobs, it’s
absolutely crucial that we address the problem of part-time, temporary,
precarious work in Ontario," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union. "We’re calling on government and
employers to take action to help turn poor jobs into good jobs."
Three out of eight Canadians work at part-time, temporary,
insecure jobs of one kind or another, Thomas said. These workers often receive a
lower hourly wage than their full-time co-workers and many don’t get enough
hours of work to live on, he added.
"Ontario needs good jobs, not part-time, temporary, throwaway
jobs," Thomas said. "It’s time governments and employers took responsibility for
"We’re calling on the McGuinty government to introduce
legislation in Ontario to require employers to pay the same hourly rate to
part-time and temp workers that they pay to full-time, permanent workers,"
Thomas said. "This legislation is already in place in the European Union, and
Saskatchewan and Quebec both offer some equality protections for part-time and
temp workers. It’s time to modernize our laws."
OPSEU’s Equal Pay for Equal Work campaign is endorsed by the
40-organization Good Jobs Coalition. The campaign web site is at
OPSEU members are joining community allies at events outside
LCBO stores in 19 Ontario communities today. Over 60 per cent of LCBO employees
are "casuals" paid as little as $10 an hour by an employer who made $1.35
billion in profits last year.
For more information:
TORONTO: Randy Robinson (416) 448-7441; (416) 788-9134 (cell)
OTTAWA: Devon Ford (613) 762-3013 (cell)
LONDON: Judith Laird (519) 630-9919 (cell)
BARRIE: Dora Robinson (905) 751-9851 (cell)
FORT FRANCES: Anne Makela (807) 626-6444 (cell)
THUNDER BAY: Anne Makela (807) 626-6444 (cell)
SUDBURY: Laurie Miller (705) 349-0306 (cell)
NORTH BAY: Mellisa Jackson (705) 471-4739 (cell)
HAMILTON: Paula Sossi (519) 503-5369 (cell)
WATERLOO: Paula Sossi (519) 503-5369 (cell)
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