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Ottawa, Nov 8 (Canadian-Media): Ontario’s teachers are preparing the challenge the government in court over a new law that caps all public sector wage increases to one per cent a year for the next three years, media reports said.
The bill, which applies to employees at school boards, universities and colleges, hospitals, long-term care homes and other organizations, would affect more than a million public sector workers
The four major unions representing high school, elementary, Catholic and French teachers in the province issued a joint statement Thursday evening shortly after the bill was passed in the legislature.
“The (Doug) Ford government will stop at nothing to impose its will, if only for ideological reasons,” the president of the French teachers’ union, Remi Sabourin, said in the statement.
“The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees us the right to negotiate a win-win agreement, but Ford and his government are choosing to disregard that right.”
Most of the province’s teachers are already gearing up for a potential strike.