No money for public sector raises: Kathleen Wynne

Ont. Premier Kathleen Wynne on June 18, 2014. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Ont. Premier Kathleen Wynne on June 18, 2014. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

TORONTO -- Public sector unions hoping for a pay hike from the Ontario Liberals should know there's no money in the budget to boost salaries, Premier Kathleen Wynne says.

"The budget that we are going to be re-introducing in the next couple of weeks is the same budget that we introduced at the beginning of May and there is no new money for wages and salaries in that budget," Wynne said. "So any groups or individuals who supported us either knew that or they should get to know it now because that's the plan that we brought forward."

In an interview with QMI Agency Wednesday, Wynne said she remains committed to collective bargaining which she credited for important gains in the workplace.

It will be possible to have productive bargaining with public sector workers even without any money for salary increases, she said.

"They may sound contradictory to some but they're not. They are the reality that we're dealing with," Wynne said.

Ontario public sector unions -- including those representing teachers, firefighters and Ontario Provincial Police officers -- launched a massive ad campaign attacking Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak during the election.

The union advertising generally did not tell Ontarians what political party they should vote for, but the Liberals were considered the main competitors to the Tories.


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