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Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Calls for Critical Changes to Workplace Reform Bill

Published by Marie Morden on November 02, 2017

Toronto (November 02, 2017) -- Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) presented today to the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs on Bill 148: Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act calling for critical changes to the Bill.  "Manufacturers remain very concerned about the impact of the totality of these changes on manufacturing jobs and investment," said Ian Howcroft,  Senior Vice President & Legal Counsel at CME.

"The more restrictive scheduling requirements, for example, present major challenges for manufacturers that need to respond quickly to changing customer demands, equipment issues, parts shortages, and many other things.While most manufacturing has highly predictable scheduling, manufacturers cannot be successful in today's business environment without being agile and flexible," stated Howcroft.  "These new requirements would really hurt Ontario's competitiveness unless we create an exemption for manufacturing."  "We believe these changes will only serve to increase the precarity that the government is trying to address." 

CME also raised other concerns including the rapid increase in minimum wage, equal pay for equal work and new rules that require employers to hand over lists of personal information upon demonstration of 20 percent support for unionization.  "These issues must be addressed and any new costs will need to be offset to avoid serious issues".

Read CME's full submission here.  

About the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters:

Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and thrive around the world. In 2016, CME released Industrie 2030 - a roadmap for doubling Canadian manufacturing activity by 2030. Our focus is to ensure the sector is dynamic, profitable, productive, innovative and growing. We aim to do this by strengthening the labour force, accelerating the adoption of advanced technology, supporting product commercialization, expanding marketplaces and, most importantly, ensuring a globally-competitive business environment. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada's exports.

For more information, please contact:

Stefi Proulx                                                                               
Senior Communications Advisor                                          
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters               


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