We’ll stick to plan to cap Ontario teachers’ wage increases at 1 per cent: finance minister

TORONTO – Ontario’s finance minister says the government will stick to its plan to cap wage increases for public sector workers, including teachers, at one per cent.

Rod Phillips says there’s a limit to what Ontarians can afford to pay in bargaining talks.

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He also says the Progressive Conservative government has been clear about its plans since announcing the wage increase cap last spring.

Phillips’ comments come at a time when the province is in the middle of bargaining talks with two major teachers unions.

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The Tory government was able to negotiate the one per cent cap into a tentative agreement struck with 55,000 education workers over the weekend.

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Ontario’s high school teachers have said they are asking for a cost-of-living adjustment that comes in at roughly two per cent a year.

High school and elementary teachers’ contracts expired at the end of August and negotiations are ongoing.

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