TORONTO — Workers’ advocates are calling on the Ontario government to enforce existing protections for temporary workers after a 57-year-old grandfather was crushed to death at a North York, Ont. bakery.
“We are so frustrated with the lack of action that has been taken and the lack of seriousness in terms of this situation,” Deena Ladd, executive director of the Workers’ Action Centre, told HuffPost Canada in an interview.
“This is not a luxury,” Ladd said. “This is about saving lives.”
The latest victim, Enrico Miranda, is the fifth worker to die on the job at Fiera Foods or one of its affiliates in 20 years, according to the Toronto Star.
This is about saving lives.Deena Ladd, Workers’ Action Centre
If Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet had signed into force a schedule of a bill that was passed in 2018, Miranda “might be alive today,” the Workers’ Action Centre said in an open letter to the premier.
A law passed by the previous Liberal government includes a section that allows the government to charge companies who use temp agencies when those workers get injured or die on the job. Currently, temp agencies pay the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims while the companies that use them do not.
“Laws like this will make companies like Fiera Foods think twice before putting temp workers into harm’s way,” the Workers’ Action Centre said in its 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.”
Ladd said she hasn’t heard a word from the government in response.
Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is investigating Miranda’s death, a spokesperson told HuffPost by email.
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