Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 28, 2007 13:00 ET

Hampton Calls for Pension and Wage Protection for Laid Off Workers

PORT COLBORNE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2007) - Ontario NDP Leader Howard Hampton says the NDP will make it harder for companies to leave workers in the lurch when they shut down. Along with Welland candidate Peter Kormos, Hampton announced measures to ensure that laid-off workers get back pay, pension and vacation benefits they are entitled to.

"Dalton McGuinty's hands-off approach to jobs and workers is proving costly to the 175,000 Ontario workers who have lost their jobs in the last four years. It has been especially costly to those workers and their families who have lost benefits and back pay they were owed," said Hampton.

The McGuinty government has allowed the decline of manufacturing jobs in the Niagara region to continue unabated. The region has lost 4,400 jobs since August 2002, most of them during McGuinty's watch. Recent closures include various GM operations, along with Ferranti Packard, Phantom Plastics, Atlas Specialty Steel, and Dana Corp.

"Too many workers who have paid into a pension fund all their work-lives are being left high and dry through no fault of their own when companies shut down," said Hampton.

The NDP would boost the monthly pension guarantee to $2,500 per month and create a wage-protection fund to ensure that workers are compensated for unpaid wages, severance and vacation pay when an employer goes bankrupt or becomes insolvent.

"Dalton McGuinty has let workers down by standing aside and showing no leadership while companies downsize and close," Hampton said. "New Democrats have practical, doable solutions that will protect jobs and sustain communities."

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