Monday, July 20, 2009

On amounts owing

Larry Hubich is keeping up his good work on the story of 135+ former Poverino's workers who lost upward of $62,000 in wages when their employer shut down. But while his prescription of more private-sector union organization would seem to be a plus, I'm not entirely sure that I agree with the position that a theft complaint to the RCMP would figure to accomplish much even if it stood much prospect of success.

Instead, wouldn't the more obvious policy fix be to get the money owed to the employees into their hands through a wage bank to ensure that verified claims are paid out immediately, with the province then taking on the task of recovering amounts owing from the employer and directors later? And wouldn't that likely provide for more effective relief for the employees affected than merely seeing the employer punished?

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