The Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) has said the Ontario government’s recent report of Changing Workplaces Review does not provide enough protections to workers.
AMAPCEO said in a recent statement that while the government’s final report, which is the first real analysis regarding Ontario’s employment and labour laws, contains some positive proposals, it does not provide more protections to workers.
In addition, AMAPCEO president Dave Bulmer sent a letter to Minister Kevin Flynn, asking for quick action on the report and to begin implementing recommendations which are supported by AMAPCEO members.
In his letter, Bulmer pointed to two specific recommendations in the government report that have importance to AMAPCEO members. Those recommendations include repeal of an Employment Standards Act (ESA) provision, which allows some exemption to designated Crown employees. Another recommendation involves the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“In summary, AMAPCEO believes its members have been inexplicably and unnecessarily excluded from much of the ESA’s protection by Section 3(4) of the Act,” Blumer said in his letter. “Any justification for this exclusion, if there ever was one, has been long ago lost to the sands of time.”
“We implore you to demonstrate your government’s commitment to the importance of ESA legislated minimum standards by affording your very own employees the same basic protections afforded to others,” Blumer stated in the letter.