Special law in Ontario: Quebec unions ready to demonstrate in Toronto
FTQ President Daniel Boyer and CSN First Vice-President François Énault (Archives)
The Ford government's special law to prevent the strike of school support workers has echoes all the way to Quebec, where the inter-union common front is busy seeing how it can support these Ontario workers .
If we have to go to Toronto, we will go to Toronto, launched the president of the FTQ, Daniel Boyer, in an interview on Friday.
The union affected in Ontario is the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which has a sister union of the same name in Quebec, which has 135,000 members and is affiliated with the FTQ.
And both the FTQ and the CSN represent support workers, jobs affected in Ontario by this special law.
“C' it is the entire Canadian labor movement that will mobilize. »
— Daniel Boyer, president of the FTQ
At his side, the first vice-president of the CSN, François Énault, raised the irony of the situation, as governments find it difficult to recruit such workers, who are often precarious and underpaid.
Ford government's special law raises ire in the labor community, especially since the Supreme Court of Canada had rendered the Saskatchewan decision in 2015, which had granted constitutional protection to the right to strike.
The Supreme Court of Canada had ruled that the right to strike served to balance the balance of power between the parties and that it should, in this sense, benefit from the protection of the Canadian Charter of Rights.