The Ontario Dump Truck Association is grateful to see Mississauga City Council pass a motion unanimously to protect hard-working Ontario Dump Truck Association members. This comes on the heels of Brampton City Council passing a similar motion, last week.
“The reality for our drivers is one where they’re being squeezed financially through soaring fuel prices, insurance and maintenance costs and squeezed personally by being denied breaks, washroom access and being pressured to operate under unsafe conditions,” said Bob Punia, Senior Advisor of the Ontario Dump Truck Association (ODTA). “Mississauga City Council is standing up for the rights of our members who are asking for fairness and respect in the workplace”.
Introduced by Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish and seconded by Ward 7 Councillor Dipika Damerla, the motion requests City of Mississauga staff explore how to broaden the scope of its Sustainable Procurement Policy to address labour rights and working conditions while directing staff to review the procurement process to ensure contractors and sub-contractors are complying with fair labour practices. The motion passed unanimously.
“As municipal leaders, we have to stand up for the rights of vulnerable workers who literally build our infrastructure and are essential to the construction industry – especially when taxpayer dollars are involved,” said Carolyn Parrish, Ward 5 councillor. “Today’s motion sends a strong message that the City of Mississauga means business when it comes to ensuring workers are treated with respect and dignity.”
“Mississauga is a city that stands up for workers and I am incredibly proud that Council is united in its support of ODTA members,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We are also fully committed at the City of Mississauga to finding ways to strengthen our own procurement processes to ensure any company we do business with is fully respecting the rights of workers.”
“So many ODTA members are new Canadians who have been treated unfairly due to bad labour practices,” said Dipika Damerla, Ward 7 Councillor. “Those workers deserve better – they deserve strong labour standards and fair wages – like everyone else in our community.”
Members of the Ontario Dump Truck Association (ODTA) have been engaging in job actions to advocate for respect for their labour rights, fair wages and compensation, and to highlight safety issues for over the past three weeks. They are asking for a collective agreement to be implemented to protect workers and provide a framework to address labour issues.
“We are calling on other municipalities and others such as developers and contractors who employ dump trucks on their job sites, to sign our collective agreement so we can bring long term stability and fairness to our industry,” added Punia.