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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2001

Ontario Scraps Plans for Megatribunal

Ontario has abandoned its plan to create a unified tribunal for all workplace related disputes Labour Minister Chris Stockwell confirmed July 6. "This is a victory for the many labour and equity groups that fought the proposal," said CAUT president Tom Booth. The proposed "megatribunal" would have replaced the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Human Rights Board of Inquiry, the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal, and several other agencies and tribunals responsible for most workplace related disputes. "Unfortunately, at the same time as the Ontario government is backing away, we find the same threat federally," Booth noted. The Public Service Commission Advisory Council has outlined a unified recourse approach which includes establishing a single process that integrates all employment-related complaints in the Public Service, including human rights.