Ontario workplaces Must Change: Fairness for temp workersOn November 14, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Staffing agencies work as a medium. I understand they work as a medium to employ people, but nowadays it has become so that they also work as a medium to exploit the (worker’s) rights for the employer. And in this way the employer, the client, avoids all sort of contact with the employee. I have been working in Canada for almost four years, but I have no insurance. That’s why I’m not going to physiotherapy. And your physiotherapy is 70 dollars… Seventy dollar per day. You have health insurance? … No. Why? This is the reality. We have that problem. We work, but we don’t have benefits. We work, we don’t have a stable job. I must work three jobs for seven days a week. When I work seven days in a week I never find time to spend with my family to take care my girls’ needs, etc. She begged to agency. Ma’am we are not forcing you, but you must be available to grab work. Yes, no one, but reality forces her. She says, how will me and my husband pay my rent? He’s also an on-call worker. My reality is $1200 per month. My food cost, please do not laugh. I have to cut it to $300 whereas I need minimum $500. I line up to food bank and grab all back dated food. When people come together, I feel the voices louder and the government can actually hear it and when they hear it then these practices will be stopped. Workers are making less than $15 an hour. They’re making $11.45, $12 an hour with no benefits, no pensions. At those wages you’re under the line of poverty
and that’s unacceptable. The single, most important labour law affecting our community’s working people is the minimum wage. We want the minimum wage raised to a living wage starting with an immediate increase to $15 per hour. It will provide adequate money for our family to think about good food and better comfortable shelter. We demand living wages and real job. We need to force our governments to start taking actual action. This is not only a fight for low skilled precarious work. This is a fight for all workers. I’m excited about the possibilities of changing our Employment Standards Act. These recommendations,
if they do go through, are going to change the landscape of how the workers are in the workplaces and what their work-life experience will be.