March 25, 2019
TORONTO, March 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The OFL launched its Power of Many campaign of resistance to the Ontario government’s pro-business agenda of cuts and privatization today.
Union members and community activists from all sectors and all parts of Ontario gathered to take action at the OFL Power of Many: Take Back Ontario conference.
“Ontarians and the labour movement have had enough of this government’s heartless attack on the most vulnerable people in this province,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “What you see here today is a unified movement. The people of Ontario are organized, we are the majority, we are resisting, and we will win.”
The OFL is connecting labour and community activists through Rapid Response Networks (RRN). RRNs will deliver prompt solidarity actions in response to damaging PC policies. Ontarians can sign up to participate at powerofmany.ca.
“We will not be silent while this government’s cuts continue,” said Ontario Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates. “This government is moving fast to gut the services that every person in this province depends on, but by working together in solidarity, the people of this province will stop this government in their tracks.”
“Ford’s cuts hurt all of us from schoolchildren to seniors,” said OFL Executive Vice-President Ahmad Gaied. “Ontario has come together to say this: we will fight for public services, for decent work, for equality and justice, as well as safe and healthy workplaces and communities.”
PC government cuts and privatizations have weakened and removed workplace and environmental protections, cancelled important programs, instituted a hiring freeze in the public service, cut funding to key public services like education and social service supports, and moved toward merging, closing, and privatizing health care delivery services.
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