Fedeli more concerned about red tape than workers
the following is in response to the story Ontario minister gets earful in North bay on provincial red tape which appeared thursday. to the editor: the Nugget recently reported that our MPP met with a group of business executives to hear about their struggles with what Vic Fedeli calls ‘red tape.’
We’ve heard Mr. Fedeli use these words before. It sounds like he’s characterizing the work and responsibility of managers and business executives as an endless process of filling out forms to satisfy the needs of government rules. No doubt, filling out forms takes human resource time, and executives must allocate budget lines to follow the law by paying staff to do clerical work.
but when Mr. Fedeli says ‘red tape,’ he can’t just mean filling out forms. What does he really mean?
Our MPP staged a closed-door gathering of business executives to hear something he already believes to be true. he didn’t hold a public gathering like a town hall to try to learn something new from his constituents. Instead, he filled a room with individuals who share his views as the MPP of Nipissing.
Wouldn’t a public forum like a town hall or a panel discussion be a better way to address these concerns?
back to the red tape stuff. We also learned from the Nugget article that red tape has something to do with taxes, payroll and safety, and that these business-related nuisances are impeding jobs growth.
but didn’t Stats canada recently report that Ontario generated 103,000 full-time jobs in the past 12 months, 36,000 in September alone, outpacing the rest of canada, and with $14 as the minimum wage? We should be celebrating!
taxes like hst help communities run important services for the well-being of citizens, decent wages help people pay for living expenses and maybe some nice things like a night out at one of our amazing restaurants, and safety and enforcement regulations help protect employees from potentially harmful impacts of employment.
It’s hard to know what exactly Mr. Fedeli means when he uses exclusive and coded language like ‘red tape.’ and especially when used in the context of an exclusive, closeddoor discussion with several business folks.
People earning a decent minimum wage and working in a safe workplace, with securities like sick days, fair scheduling, and bereavement, this is all about fairness, good health and community well-being -- all necessary community standards to prevent out-migration and to allow for personal investments like better windows or education upgrades.
recently Mr. Fedeli was given an opportunity to present an 800-signature petition in session at Queen’s Park about protecting employment standards and the legally scheduled Jan. 1 minimum wage bump to $15. regrettably, our MPP declined. If not our MPP, then who will look out for the interests of low-wage, precarious workers?
Jared Hunt is an executive member of the North Bay Labour Council