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CAW Warns Strikes Are Likely If McGuinty Implements Wage Freeze

If Ontario goes ahead with a proposed wage freeze for public sector workers, there could be huge consequences.

The head of the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) warns that strikes are likely if Premier Dalton McGuinty sticks to his plan, which would maintain wages at their current rate for two years.

But CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn says it’s too early to tell if a job action is imminent.

Approximately one million workers would be affected.

CAW head Ken Lewenza told the Toronto Star
that years of labour peace in Ontario could come to an end.

The province is struggling with a $19 billion deficit. 

In its last budget, the provincial government put a two-year wage freeze in effect for MPPs and non-unionized public workers.

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