Liberals to Unveil Wage Freeze Plan
Ontario's governing Liberals will unveil a plan today to force restraint in public sector compensation.
Finance Minister Dwight Duncan is expected to provide details on legislation to rein in the salaries of public sector workers across the province to battle Ontario's $15-billion deficit.
Premier Dalton McGuinty has repeatedly warned since last spring that the Liberals are prepared to legislate a wage freeze if they can't get it through collective bargaining. He suggested two weeks ago that his government may introduce a single bill to impose an across-the-board wage freeze.
After Duncan outlines how the government will move ahead with the legislation, several unions will lay out their plans to fight back. The Ontario Federation of Labour is holding an emergency meeting with other union leaders to talk about how they can mobilize
province-wide to challenge the cuts.
(The Canadian Press)