Millions of workers across Ontario do not have access to job-protected, employer-paid sick days, and the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed just how dangerous that is. When workers don’t have access to paid sick days, they go to work sick because they’re afraid of getting in trouble or because they won’t be able to afford to pay their bills. They get their co-workers sick. They get customers sick. When those people eventually turn up at clinics or hospitals, we all pay the cost. As we’ve seen in the context of Covid-19, the consequences can be devastating.
Workers shouldn’t have to choose between staying home when they feel sick and being able to pay their rent, and it shouldn’t be up to individual employers to decide whether or not their workers get paid sick days. We need paid sick days guaranteed to every single worker across the province, paid for by employers. We can’t wait any longer. In 2018, workers in Ontario won a statutory minimum of two paid sick days, but one of the Ford Government’s first acts in power was to take them away.
To show your support for paid sick days for all, visit the Decent Work and Health Network campaign website and use the form to send a message to the government demanding 7 permanent paid sick days per year and an additional 14 sick days during public health emergencies.
Interested in joining your co-workers in taking action to demand paid sick days for all? Let us know!
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