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Ford says Ontario training employee strike was extra harmful than suspending Constitution rights

Ford says Ontario training employee strike was extra harmful than suspending Constitution rights

Premier Doug Ford stated he believes the two-day strike held by training staff amid tense contract negotiations was “rather more harmful” than overriding the Constitution rights of these staff to maintain them off the picket line.

“Have you learnt what’s even worse than Part 33? Is threatening to go on strike, shut down the financial system of Ontario, maintain mother and father at dwelling, maintain the youngsters at dwelling, you understand, maintain the grandparents—as they’re getting unloaded on the grandparent’s home, that is a lot extra harmful than Part 33,” Ford stated at an unrelated information convention on Wednesday.

It’s the second day in a row through which Ford has downplayed the federal government’s resolution to invoke the however clause. On Tuesday, he disagreed with a reporter who described Part 33 as a “sledgehammer.”

Ford’s authorities used the however clause of the Constitution of Rights and Freedoms to cross Invoice 28: Maintaining College students in Class Act, after the Canadian Union of Public Staff [CUPE] introduced on Oct. 30 it was giving the required 5 days’ discover to go on strike.

“However when you have got a union sitting there telling you that they are going on strike earlier than I even talked about it [Section 33]. They are going on strike it doesn’t matter what it’s, and you haven’t any choice, however to sit down again and make the most of the device,” Ford stated Wednesday.

The laws handed on Nov. 3 and, amongst different issues, pressured a contract onto the province’s 55,000 training help staff whereas additionally making it unlawful to take any job motion.

The Ford authorities had stated it could implement a each day positive of as much as $4,000 for particular person staff discovered to be in contravention of Invoice 28 or $500,000 for the union.

Ford says Ontario training employee strike was extra harmful than suspending Constitution rightsOntario Premier Doug speaks throughout a press convention at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Monday Nov. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Regardless of that, CUPE’s Ontario Faculty Board Council of Unions members walked off the job on Friday and Monday, which resulted in main closures by college boards throughout the province. Furthermore, a submission to the Ontario Labour Relations Board on the legality of the strike was formally withdrawn Wednesday night, in response to members of CUPE’s OSBCU negotiating group.

On the similar time, an announcement launched by CUPE appeared to handle the feedback made by ford earlier within the day because the union stated it could be limiting “feedback to the media” whereas negotiations happen.

“We respectfully name on the Ford authorities to make the identical dedication, chorus from making feedback that distract from negotiations, and spend the time working to get a deal accomplished for scholar success and good jobs,” the assertion learn.

Earlier this week, Ford provided to scrap Invoice 28 if CUPE returned to colleges and the negotiating desk. The union accepted the supply however the laws nonetheless stands till the MPPs return to Queen’s Park subsequent week.

The however clause had by no means been utilized in Ontario earlier than June 2021, when Ford used it to revive components of the Election Funds Act that had beforehand been declared unconstitutional, imposing a rule that third events may solely spend $600,000 on promoting within the 12 months earlier than an election is known as.

In 2018, Ford had threatened to however didn’t use the clause when his authorities meant to chop Toronto metropolis council seats throughout a municipal election.