November 1, 2012
Motive power and the Ontario College of Trades
Automotive mechanic Tim Ridley says the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) will not benefit his sector and has started a campaign against it.
“I don’t really see any type of value that my trade or my colleagues are going to get from this,” said the Stoney Creek, Ont. mechanic.
Ridley has visited dozens of auto body shops in Hamilton, Stoney Creek and Burlington, speaking with auto mechanics about OCOT and its potential implications on the trades.
“Every single tradesperson that I’ve spoken to has no idea that this is in the works.”
When Ridley found out about OCOT in August, he started doing his own research. He then contacted Ontario Construction Employers Coalition (OCEC), which has been vocal in its opposition to the college. Ridley is now trying to inform as many people as he can about the college.
“When I tell them about the proposed membership fees we’re going to have to be paying, most guys I speak to are pretty incensed about it,” said Ridley.
Ridley currently pays $60 every three years to maintain his 310S, automotive service technician license. He says with OCOT’s proposed membership fees, he will pay between $100 and $200 a year.
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