Big wage strikes hit Ontario as inflation rises

Big wage strikes hit Ontario as inflation rises


May 13 2022

37,000 on strike across Ontario:
Wages are central

Construction workers and skilled trades are on strike across Ontario, grinding work to a halt on Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) projects. 15,000 LiUNA Local 183 members walked on May 2 alongside 7,000 IUOE Local 793 members. A week later, 15,000 members of the Carpenters District Council of Ontario walked out.

With inflation rising rapidly, wages at the heart of each strike. Meanwhile, members of the Ontario Pipe Trades Council voted down a tentative agreement by 53% on May 6, but there is no strike. The rejected offer included 12.5% over 3 years.

“No one wants a strike, but our members need a fair share of the wealth that they build every day with their skills. It’s pretty fundamental – we drive the economy, we create wealth, we build Ontario and we desire a fair share of the wealth we build.” - Mike Yorke, president of the Carpenters District Council of Ontario.

Last month we examined other wage strikes and inflation in Ontario. Click here to read.

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