A new report by the Workers' Action Centre suggests the changing nature of employment in Canada's most populous province of Ontario needs swift redefinition of who is an employee to create fair working conditions.
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Province has reached `critical moment`in workers`rights, says new report

The Canadian province of Ontario has reached “a critical moment. The government’s Changing Workplace Review gives us the opportunity to open up labour laws, identify the gaps, and develop a new legislative architecture that can support decency in Ontario workplaces.” That’s the conclusion of a new report released Tuesday (March 31) by the Workers“ Action Centre, a workers’ rights organization based in the city of Toronto.

The report points to the changing reality of workers who often work for more than one employer “We are facing a labour market where 41 percent of work is outside the standard, full-time, permanent employment contract with a single employer,” and the report calls for the need to redefine the definition of employee.

This is the second such report the Centre has produced on the workforce in Canada’s most populous province. The previous report (in 2007) was titled “Working on the Edge”.

More information:
Workers Action Centre – Still working on the Edge (pdf) – here
Toronto Star – Too many Ontario workers exploited; laws need quick overhaul, study urges – here


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