This morning hundreds of thousand of Torontonians were stuck on subway and bus stations.Â Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)Â confirmed thatÂ 700,000 peopleÂ couldn’t get to work following â€œan illegal job actionâ€ by transit workers. They also mentioned that on one particular line where normally there would be 1,300 buses,Â only seven buses were operating before 8 a.m.Â The Ontario Labour Board has quickly issued a ‘cease and desist’ order to all subway…, bus and TTC labour workers andÂ ordering them to return to work, but it isn’t clear if that will end the labour dispute.
Problem for many peopleÂ was thatÂ the strike simply wasn’tÂ announced and it caught people unprepared. Mayor of Toronto David MillerÂ andÂ the provinceâ€™s labour minister apparently knew about the issue and was trying to resolve it over the weekend, but both sides could not arrange the meeting Monday to try to resolve the issues and now is simply too late.Â D. Miller left a message to all TTC worker: “If you don’t show up to work, you would be breaking the law,” heÂ said.
TTC union and managementÂ of the safety of workers confirmed that many TTC workers been assaulted when trying to make transit riders pay their fares. So, if you assumed, this was all about the money, you’d be quite wrong. This strike is a protection sought, whereÂ TTC employees want protection in the form of plastic shields and video cameras, and are angry the transit commission hasn’t acted on the request. NotÂ evenÂ after the threats of a strike.