Growth of temp agen­cies ‘alarm­ing’

Min­is­ter says it’s time to hire full-time work­ers again

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - TORONTO -

Call­ing the rise in tem­po­rary work “alarm­ing,” On­tario’s labour min­is­ter is promis­ing changes to leg­is­la­tion that will en­cour­age com­pa­nies “to re­turn to the day when they hired peo­ple full time.”

“We looked at a num­ber of av­enues … to change” the re­liance on tem­po­rary work­ers, Kevin Flynn said at Queen’s Park on Mon­day, fol­low­ing re­ports show­ing how tem­po­rary agen­cies have pro­lif­er­ated across the prov­ince, giv­ing work­ers no job se­cu­rity and lit­tle train­ing.

“Peo­ple in On­tario ex­pect to have full-time work if they want it … what we are say­ing is that if you are do­ing the same job in the prov­ince of On­tario, there is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for any dif­fer­en­tial you should be paid by the com­pany.”

The On­tario govern­ment’s Bill 148, which has passed first read­ing and gone out for con­sul­ta­tion this sum­mer, ad­dresses some con­cerns around tem­po­rary work, in­clud­ing pay, sched­ul­ing and union­iza­tion.

One area left un­ad­dressed by the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion is the fact that if a temp worker is in­jured on the job, their agency, not the work­place where they were ac­tu­ally in­jured, is li­able to the Work­place Safety and In­sur­ance Board.

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