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    Ontario’s labour ministry must collect unpaid wages

    It’s hard to believe you could work for a company and not get paid. But that’s what’s happening to thousands of workers across Ontario each year. And though the Ministry of Labour has the means to collect wages on behalf of employees… Its current success rate is only 37 per cent on the cases where it actually issued orders to pay. Worse, it prosecuted only eight employers who had refused to pay. That is alarming. It’s a Get Out of Jail Free card for employers who refuse to pay their workers.

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    Governments must protect those in ‘precarious’ jobs

    … most precarious workers never complain to the Ministry of Labour. That’s because the employment act currently offers no protection against unjust dismissal. So most employees – who are identified to their employer by the ministry the moment they make a complaint – choose a pay cheque over their rights… these recommendations will put an end to precarious employment, they could go a long way toward helping workers lead more stable home and work lives, bolster economic competitiveness, and protect workers’ rights.

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    Ontario employers get slap on wrist for mistreating employees

    Under the current model, employers have almost no incentive to obey the law in the first place… And while employers can afford lawyers, the majority of workers cannot… Recognizing that relying on vulnerable workers to enforce their own rights makes little sense, many jurisdictions have moved to a more proactive model of enforcement.

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    5 Things You Don’t Know About Minimum Wage Workers in Canada

    … nearly half of Canada’s minimum wage workforce are employed by companies with 500+ employees – pointing to the role of large corporate chains in driving the trend towards a more precarious, low-paid workforce… wage increases should never be “arbitrary” – tying the minimum wage to the rate of inflation (consumer price index) is one way to prevent wages from stagnating while offering businesses a stable and predictable way to anticipate and plan for future increases.

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    Meet the man injured Ontario workers ‘love to hate’

    … “tailor-made” programs with flexible recuperation deadlines… if you don’t get a worker back within 90 days of their injury, the chances that they ever go back to work drop by 50 per cent… the WSIB hired 300 additional staff to help those injured “negotiate” their way back… The unfunded liability has been shrunk from a high of $14.2 billion to just over $9 billion in five years, the number of workers not back to work after a year has dropped by more than half and lost time claims have dropped by 17 per cent

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    Ottawa’s manufacturing fund a mirage

    What is clear is that the money is not flowing. There is a striking mismatch between the government’s professed desire to “push Ontario to the forefront of high-tech manufacturing” and its inability to deliver. There is a strong suspicion that the disbursements — when they finally do come — will be concentrated in the months before next October’s election… The message they are sending to Ontario’s manufacturers: Keep waiting.

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    How to fix a broken labour market

    The challenge, Zizys says, is to create labour market that fits the current landscape. That will require a new network of relationships that allow business, workers, governments, educators and community leaders to identify the gaps and broken connections in the labour market and negotiate solutions that work for everyone. It will also require a re-thinking of our profits-trump-all attitude and an overhaul of our employment programs and agencies.

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    Canada’s growing part-time job problem exposed in 3 graphs

    75% of Canada’s net new jobs created in the last year have been temporary, with nearly 60,000 temporary or contract positions added to Canada’s stagnant economy. Here are three graphs that show the scope of Canada’s part-time job problem: More people are working part-time jobs now than they were 10 years ago… A little over a quarter of all workers want to be working full-time, but have to take the jobs to make ends meet.

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    Good jobs | Bad jobs – Hennessy’s Index

    112,000 … the number of private sector jobs that disappeared in Canada in August 2014 / 66% … the participation rate in Canada’s labour market in August 2014 – the worst it’s been in 13 years / 22 … the percentage of low-paying jobs in Canada. By comparison, that’s high among wealthy OECD nations. / $27,800 … the median wage for individuals in Canada / $7,960,300 … the average compensation of Canada’s highest paid 100 CEOs in 2012.

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    Help Not Wanted: Federal Public Service Cuts Have Hit Students Hard

    At a time when youth unemployment is high and many university students are struggling to find jobs or co-op placements, the federal government has significantly cut the number of students it hires. New data, presented here for the first time, demonstrates that summer hiring of students in the federal public service has declined by more than a third (36%) from 10,894 in summer 2009 to under 7,000 in the last two summers. Non-summer hiring of students has declined an average of 23%.