The spokesman said the Employment Standards branch oversees The Employment Standards Code, including the payment of overtime.
The province says in general, all employees are entitled to 1.5 times their regular rate of pay for hours worked over and above eight hours per day and/or 40 hours per week.
Logical result: CUPE
The head of Winnipeg’s largest public-service union said the complaint is the logical result of the city contracting out too high a proportion of its waste-collection services.
"This is what happens when you don’t have a 50-50 mix in the industry, public and private," said Mike Davidson, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 500, which does not represent Emterra workers.
Davidson said the city should reclaim a portion of waste-collection services and conduct it in house. An external audit would reveal the city would get better prices for the service, he claimed.
City council’s public works committee, meanwhile, will consider doing just that in November. On Wednesday, Daniel McIntyre Coun. Harvey Smith will move a motion before council to ask Winnipeg’s water and waste department to resume the collection of garbage and recycling.
Under council rules, this motion will be referred automatically to the public works committee.