Precarious Work

Outdated labour laws trap people in poverty and deny fair standards to all workers.

The way work is organized has changed drastically over the last 30 years. Today, one in three jobs in Ontario is temporary, contract, part time or self employed. Working in these jobs, we are often denied basic protections and rights – for example, public holiday pay, access to employment insurance, much less pay than permanent workers doing the same jobs, adequate health & safety coverage.

Our labour laws must be updated to include and protect people who work in temporary, contract and unstable work.


Policy Papers


Bill 139 – New protections for temp agency workers!

The Workers’ Action Centre, temp workers and supporters from across the province continue to fight to improve protections for temp agency workers. In May 2009 the Ontario government passed Bill 139 which improved protections for temp workers in Ontario. These changes took effect November 6, 2009 and were a direct result of all our hard work and organizing.

Up Against a Giant – 8 Temp Workers vs United Parcel Service (UPS)

On November 18, 2008 the eight Muslim women working with the Workers’ Action Centre on a human rights case settled their complaint with UPS-Canada. This case sends a signal to temporary workers that they can fight injustice under Canadian and Ontario workplace laws – when workers fight for their rights, they will prevail. [Download not found]