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Ontario ‘right to work’ legislation would kill jobs, lower wages: Liberals • Poverty among seniors rising in Canada: OECD • Politicians lobbying for public sector CEO salary cap in Ontario
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/16/2013

Ontario ‘right to work’ legislation would kill jobs, lower wages: Liberals

TORONTO — Ontario’s Liberals and NDP are warning against a PC proposal to make Ontario a “right-to-work” province. The proposal would change labour laws so employees at unionized workplaces are no longer compelled to pay union dues. Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi called the Tory plan an unconstitutional “job-killer” and quoted United States President Barack Obama in describing it as “the right to work for less.” The NDP warned the proposal would not help create jobs or boost the economy.

Poverty among seniors rising in Canada: OECD

OTTAWA — Poverty among Canadian seniors is on the rise and current pension safety nets may be inadequate to address the problem, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As poverty rates fell in many OECD countries between 2007 and 2010, they rose about two percentage points in Canada. Meanwhile, public spending on pensions in Canada represents 4.5 per cent of the country’s economic output, compared with an OECD average of 7.8 per cent.

Politicians lobbying for public sector CEO salary cap in Ontario

TORONTO — The salaries of CEOs at Ontario hospitals, electrical utilities and other public sector agencies are “out of control” and should be capped at $418,000, according to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “You’ve got to start at the top and rein in these compensation packages that just keep spiralling out of control,” she said. Premier Kathleen Wynne said the Liberals agreed to address public sector compensation in exchange for the NDP’s support for last spring’s budget, and Wynne promised the government would take action within months.

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