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A higher standard : Case for holding low-wage employers in Ontario to a higher standard

2015

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The opinions and recommendations in this report, and any errors, are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers or funders of this report. [...] Some of the changes in precarious work are eye-popping: Growing number of minimum wage jobs: The share of workers earning the minimum wage in Ontario skyrocketed from 2.4 per cent of all employees in 1997 to 11.9 per cent in 2014 – a five fold increase over a 17-year time frame. [...] The report also concludes there is scope for the province to raise the minimum wage, to require employers to schedule more predictable work hours, to set a higher standard for paid leave, and to make it easier for low- wage workers to unionize. [...] And very few of them are able to gain access to collective bargaining rights or to maintain those rights, given the discontinuity between the structure of employment in these industries and the olra. [...] As a result of this shift in the types of jobs available and declining union density, the esa is more important in the lives of working Ontarians.

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politics economics economy business collective bargaining employment ethics immigration labour labour economics minimum wage trade union working poor labor jobs human activities union membership unionization low-wage work precarious employment occupational safety and health unionized precarious work

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