In addition, the appeal procedure in relation to those acts, which infringe the provisions of collective agreements, is suspended. While the planning rules in the CBA, he says, offer workers free evenings to see the family – according to the current rules “they work in the hottest periods, with more vehicles and traffic to work, and then they work in the dark. Instead of working in the light of day, as provided for in the collective agreement. The Power of Many website states: “Bill 195 will terminate front-line workers` contracts indefinitely, even if the current emergency orders are terminated. Ontario Conservatives Bill 195 would give the Premier and ministers the power to violate provisions of collective agreements such as dismissal and redistribution rights, suspend complaints, deny vacation rights and allow employment contracts to be awarded. Bill 195 significantly restricts fundamental rights and freedoms without the need to involve the legislature or to involve members of the Legislative Assembly. Canada`s largest public sector union says Doug Ford`s new pandemic powers are being hijacked by employers who are using them as a loophole to circumvent collective agreements for reasons unrelated to Ontario`s pandemic response. “Ford`s Conservatives call frontline workers heroes with a single breath and then deprive the same workers of their rights. This is a profound abuse of the trust of the people of Ontario,” Coates said. Conservative MPs who voted for this legislation should be ashamed. Bill 195, introduced in early July, is part of the Ontario government`s plan to reopen the province. If passed, it “would allow Ontario to continue its journey to recovery by eventually easing restrictions while maintaining important tools chosen to address the lingering threat of this deadly virus.” This means that the government wants to be able to declare the kind of broad powers it holds in a declared state of emergency, without having to declare a state of emergency. We strongly opposed this bill. While the government allows emergency decisions to be extended and amended under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for at least one year after the end of the declared emergency and possibly longer, it also gives employers enormous leeway to end collective agreements and grievance arbitration. Shortly after the end of the state of emergency, the government included these provisions in its reopening law. The law allows the government to extend these measures by 30 days, up to one year after the law is passed. The National Post made an urgent appeal to Bill 195: “This seizure of power is an unjustified violation of Charter rights and citizens should be concerned.
Read the editorial here: nationalpost.com/opinion/opinion-ontarios-semi-emergency-covid-19-bill-is-an-attack-on-our-rights Under the Ford government`s Bill-195, the Reopening Ontario Act, public sector employers can outlaw leave, contracting, scheduling and other provisions in collective agreements. . . .