Good Jobs are Disappearing

It's time for equal treatment for part-time and temporary workers

It’s hard to find a good job these days.

More and more jobs are part-time. Or temporary. Or seasonal. Or “temp agency” jobs.

Too often, the workers doing these jobs are paid less than full-timers doing the same work for the same employer. 

Too often, these workers have fewer benefits than full-timers – or no benefits at all.

In Canada, it is illegal to pay you less because of your race, religion, or gender. But if you’re a part-time or temp worker, employers can get away with just about anything.

It’s not fair. It’s not good for workers. And it’s not good for our economy.

It’s time we did something about it.

There ought to be a law

One out of six Ontario children is poor. Many workers – and parents – are working two or three poor jobs just to keep their heads above water.

It’s time to throw them a lifeline.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that, “Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.” But when it comes to part-time and temporary workers, Canada lets employers ignore this commitment.

Other countries do not. In Europe, employers are required by law to pay part-time and temporary workers the same hourly wage as full-timers. Employers must provide pro-rated benefits as well.

We can learn from their example. It’s time to modernize our laws -- and turn poor jobs into good ones.