May 19th, 2022
May 19th, 2022
SAULT STE. MARIE – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has a plan for higher wages, lower costs, and more respect for workers on the job.
“Everyday workers need to be able to afford everyday life. Together, we can lift wages up, bring costs down, and respect and protect working people,” said Horwath.
“I’m determined to make sure that a job in Ontario is a job that actually pays the bills. From paid sick days to helping more people get the better pay and benefits that come with a union representing them, we can fix what’s broken and help all workers build their best life.”
In 2021, the average wage increase was 1.3 per cent while inflation was averaging 3.5 per cent. Wages have been dragged down by Doug Ford’s low wage policy, holding all public sector workers to 1 per cent. Inflation has now hit 6.8 per cent making the situation even worse.
On average, unionized workers earn 13 per cent more than non-unionized workers, which is why Horwath and the NDP will make it easier for workers to choose to join a union.
To lift wages up, Horwath and the NDP will:
To deliver the best health benefits possible, saving Ontarians thousands of dollars:
To make life more affordable overall, Horwath and the NDP will deliver:
Doug Ford cancelled a minimum wage increase and froze wages for years, taking $6,000 out of people’s pockets. He also scrapped the measly two paid sick days workers had. During the pandemic, he voted no to giving workers any paid sick days more than 28 times. Workers had three paid sick days to last the entire pandemic, and Ford is planning to cut that to zero on July 31.
The Liberals froze the minimum wage for four years between 2010 and 2014, and denied workers adequate paid sick days.
Unions that have endorsed Horwath and the NDP: