Trades unite to protect public and workers

Coalition of skilled trades challenge Ontario's watering down of compulsory certification


TORONTODec. 13, 2017,/CNW/ - A coalition of Ontario skilled trades workers have launched a legal challenge to the provincial government's overhaul of the compulsory trade system introduced in the 2016 budget.


The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW-CCO), the Ontario Pipe Trades Council (OPTC) and the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) ask the court to uphold sections of the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act (OCTAA) that requires complex trade work be performed by trained and certified individuals.


"We will see some serious long- term effects from these amendments that will put workers and the public at risk of serious harm or death," says James Barry, IBEW-CCO Executive Chairman and former Board member of the OntarioCollege of Trades, the organization created to regulate and promote skilled trades in Ontario.


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