QUEEN’S PARK – Marit Stiles, Leader of Ontario’s Official Opposition NDP, released the following statement in response to the Ontario Court of Appeal’s ruling:
“Today is a victory for workers across Ontario.
"This win belongs to the workers, unions, and advocates from across the province who stood firm against the Conservatives’ unconstitutional attack on their rights.
"Bill 124 hurt our province. It forced health care and education workers out of the profession, cut people’s wages during an affordability crisis, and eroded the people’s trust in their government.
"This government wasted years and taxpayer dollars fighting workers in court to uphold an unconstitutional Bill and take away wages. The government needs to accept this ruling, stop fighting workers, and start addressing the crises that Ontarians are facing.
"Let’s make up for the lost time and wasted energy: start fixing this mess by hiring health care workers into our public system and paying back workers for lost wages.
"New Democrats will always stand up for the rights of workers."