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Ottawa Sun

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I am an educational support worker. It is unbelievable that in Canada a government would even introduce legislation to strip away workers’ rights just to try to cover up its own incompetence. Bill 115 is an undemocratic piece of legislation. Is this what we are trying to bring to other countries when we send our troops to fight and possibly die? I am a proud CUPE member and a vice-president in our local. Education support workers make an average of $38,000 a year. This so-called “Liberal” government has the nerve to ask me to take a two- to three-year wage freeze, strip my earned sick days away from me and ask me to take an unpaid day from work. On top of this, tell me that I cannot bargain my own working conditions and cannot strike if necessary, which is a Charter right. This former McGuinty government also wants to dictate which labour laws apply and which do not. Shame on anyone who would support such draconian measures while MPPs get to waste billions of dollars without accountability. People need to ask what kind of country do we want for our children, a true democracy or a dictatorship disguised as one.

Darrin Cryderman