Report proposes changes to labour relations in Ontario

Former bank economist proposes ‘net-zero’ contracts, limited bumping, successorship
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/27/2012

The release of the much-anticipated report on public service reform in Ontario has provoked frustration on one side of the bargaining table and a measure of satisfaction on the other.

Nicknamed the “Drummond Report” after author Don Drummond — a former federal finance official who played a key role in wrestling down Canada’s large federal deficit in the 1990s — the government-commissioned report contains austerity measures to keep a $16-billion deficit from spiraling out of control.

It is a “compilation of age-old wish lists… that I don’t see as a plan ahead for Ontario,” Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU) president Smokey Thomas calls the report.