Justin Trudeau wants you to know he is ready. I have my doubts about him but there is no doubt his team is not ready.
In Winnipeg on Wednesday morning Trudeau unveiled a plan to allow workers in industries that fall under federal jurisdiction to ask for flexible work hours. He says this will help with work life balance.
I don’t know many people opposed to the idea of flex time or helping employees achieve work life balance but what Trudeau is proposing is simply putting into law that you can ask, not that you will get.
Here’s how part of the exchange went down as reporters asked Trudeau about the new “right” he wants to grant workers:
REPORTER: So if I’m a night shift worker, under your plan…if a Liberal government is elected….if I’m working night shifts, I can request to my employer that i don’t want to work a night shift any more, they have to make that change?
TRUDEAU: No, this plan is about respecting the fact that the way Canadians work is changing and the way that Canadians live is changing. And by putting in a formal process where an employee can request a shift in their hours or shift in their work conditions of their employer, and the employer has to respond to that.
So you can ask and your employer can respond by saying yes or no. Let me fill you in on something. That already exists. Any employee can ask for flex time, I know workers in countless industries that have it. Many people do not get to have this arrangement though because of the type of job they have.
Trudeau’s announcement amounts to nothing. It also comes after he has spent an awful lot of time bashing the NDP policy of bringing in a $15 minimum wage for federally regulated workers. As HuffPo has eagerly reported, Trudeau dismisses the plan as not helping most people:
“The NDP will talk about its plan to increase the minimum wage, and yet they won’t tell you their plan won’t help 99 per cent of people who earn the minimum wage in this country,” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said at his campaign launch on Sunday. It won’t help servers, hotel receptionists, garage attendants or cashiers, he said.
The same can be said of Trudeau’s plan. It won’t help most Canadians because most Canadians don’t work in federally regulated industries.
Of course that was lost on his team how put out this press release attacking Mulcair’s plan within hours of their own leader announcing a measure only aimed at the same workforce.
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