The Liberal Government is trying to ram through a set of amendments to OCOTAA (the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act).
Called Schedule 17, is has been attached to the current Ontario Bill 70, scheduled for ratification by December 8, when the Ontario Legislature breaks for the Holiday season.
The proposed changes give the Ministry of Labour and in particular the Ontario Labour Relations Board sweeping powers over the definitions of compulsory trades and voluntary trades.
This means workers who have no idea about the implications of their tasks will be given potentially dangerous electrical work to do. When problems arise, bureaucrats with no direct work site experience will be making appeal decisions about which they are tragically uninformed.
Schedule 17 will lead to lowering professional standards in electrical and other skilled trades work and will absolutely jeopardize public safety.
Join Us Wednesday November 30th at 9:30 AM
To ensure the Wynne government knows how serious this issue is, please join us on the steps of the Ontario Legislature on 9:30 AM Wednesday November 30, 2016. Every voice matters and we need everyone to help.
Employers, Skilled Trades, and Families Welcome
If you’re a skilled trade, an apprentice, a construction employer, an apprentice, a parent, or retired trade we want to see you there!
We Want the Removal of Schedule 17 from Bill 70
Electrical work is dangerous, challenging and complex. It is a huge responsibility for which a worker must be trained.
This is not a union vs nonunion issue – it affects everyone.
Be on the steps of the Ontario Legislature on November 30th to show the Liberal government that safety and standards matter.