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Posted February11, 2011


Toronto garbage outsourcing

Toronto - The Toronto & York Region Labour Council opposes Mayor Ford’s plan to privatize solid waste collection announced this week. If outsourced to private contractors, wages would go down by roughly $8 dollars an hour, the main source of achieving so-called “efficiency”.

The mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford has stated that he wants to “outsource everything that is not nailed down.” This comes as no surprise to the Labour Council, which represents approximately 195,000 people working in every sector of the economy . This indicates a troubling trend of outsourcing which will result time and again in cutting the wages of workers.

“Saying you can’t wait to get rid of them sends the powerful message to city workers,” says Labour Council President John Cartwright, “it poisons their work environment, disrespects them and the skills they bring to their jobs each day.”

“What’s next to be outsourced? They have already identified cleaners -we’ve seen numerous reports of private cleaning companies exploiting new immigrants, misclassifying their workers to avoid paying taxes, WSIB, and even holiday pay. Who is going to speak up for those workers getting ripped off?”

Slashing wages is “efficient” only for the top executives of private companies who stand to gain the most profit. The decline of good jobs that pay decent wages will impact current and future generations of Canadians. Public dollars should serve public interest and ensure good jobs with decent pay.

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