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Labour groups rally at Queen's Park

Busloads of unionized workers, public employees and other protesters march on Queen's Park to protest job cuts and wage rollbacks.
Dozens of labour and social groups gathered on Queen’s Park to protest job cuts and wage rollbacks in the provincial budget 3:01

Busloads of unionized workers, public employees, students and other protesters marched at Queen’s Park Saturday to protest job cuts and wage rollbacks in the provincial budget.

Nearly 100 buses, some coming from as far away as Timmins, Ont., began arriving at 3 p.m.

Planned speakers include the Canadian Federation of Students, the Ontario Coalition of Better Childcare and Occupy Toronto, to name a few.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was among the first to speak at the rally and attacked the governing Liberals for wage freezes outlined in the provincial budget released in March.

"Legislated wage freezes do not save the government money and have no place in Ontario," she said. "You cannot have collective bargaining unless you sit at the table and actually bargain."

Protesters from Ontario labour groups descended on the legislature lawn on Saturday to oppose cuts and wage freezes proposed in the provincial budget. (Charlsie Agro/CBC)

A march is set to take place through Yorkville beginning at 4 p.m.

The route is as follows:

  • Queen's Park Circle (starting point).
  • East along Wellesley to Bay.
  • North on Bay to Bloor.
  • West along Bloor.
  • South on University.
  • Back to Queen's Park by about 5 p.m.

The Ontario Federation of Labour says buses will leave Queens Park by about 5:30 p.m.