TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Stephen Harper's expected announcement
today that the Conservative government will be cutting EI premiums is
not what the economy needs, not what the labour market needs and not
what workers in Canada need, says Jerry Dias, Unifor National
"With only 36% of unemployed people in Canada eligible for EI, our focus
should be on increasing access to benefits," said Dias. "Increasing
access to EI benefits would mean unemployed workers could better
support their families. And let's face it, unemployed people are
spending every cent they have in the local economy, not hoarding it
like business often does."
Earlier this month, Statistics Canada released job numbers indicating
that the Canadian economy is continuing to lose jobs, particularly
good, full-time jobs. Business groups argue that cutting the EI
premiums will stimulate job creation.
"If Stephen Harper is serious about job creation then he needs to work
with labour and business to develop plans that will reinvigorate
industry and stimulate the economy in meaningful ways," said Dias.
"It is ridiculous that the Conservative government's strategy to create
jobs is essentially being done on the backs of unemployed workers in
Canada. That's hardly the leadership we need to solve this problem,"
Next month, Unifor will host a national Good Jobs Summit in Toronto.
The goal of the Summit is to bring together students, workers,
government, employers, unions, policy makers, researchers and
non-governmental organizations to have a focussed discussion on how we
can create good, sustainable jobs in Canada.
"Prime Minister Harper is welcome to attend Unifor's Good Jobs Summit
next month," offered Dias. "I expect the solutions that will be
discussed at our Summit will have far greater potential to stimulate
job growth than this cut to EI premiums."
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 305,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
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