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Union leaders call for signing of Ontario’s ‘Workplace Safety and Insurance Act” after temp worker’s death

October 09, 2019

Union leaders in Ontario have written an open letter to Doug Ford, the premier of Ontario, calling for him to sign the “Workplace Safety and Insurance Act” in the wake of a contingent worker’s death at Fiera Foods in Toronto.

“As you know, on Wednesday, September 25, Enrico Miranda, a father of two, was killed on the job. As you also know, Mr. Miranda is the fifth temporary agency worker who has died on the job at Fiera Foods or an affiliated company,” according to the letter.

It continued, “Shockingly, it has been almost two weeks since his death and yet we have heard nothing from you. You have chosen to remain silent, despite having the power to implement legislation that could have prevented this tragedy.”

The law will make companies using temporary staffing firms financially responsible under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act for workplace deaths and injuries, according to the letter.

“There’s no more time to waste, and we need you to take action to make sure this is the last temp agency worker death,” it said.

Signatories of the letter include Butterfly GoPaul, resident member of Jane Finch Action Against Poverty; Deena Ladd, executive director of Workers’ Action Centre; Chris Buckley, president of Ontario Federation of Labour; and Pam Frache, provincial coordinator of Fight for $15 and Fairness.

The Star newspaper in Toronto reported that a protest by 100 labor advocates took place last week outside of the Fiera Foods location.

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