OTTAWA, June 18, 2014 /CNW/ - To mark the first contributions made to
the unemployment insurance fund more than 73 years ago (July 1, 1941),
the Public Service Alliance of Canada is launching "Employment
Insurance in Canada: Hitting Rock Bottom", a short animated video on
the decline of the EI program over the last 25 years.
"Since the 1990's, the Employment Insurance Program has been decimated
by successive Liberal and Conservative governments to the point where
it no longer fulfills its mission to protect Canadian workers from the
hardship of unemployment," said Robyn Benson, PSAC national president.
The proportion of unemployed workers receiving employment insurance
benefits has fallen dramatically since 1990, reaching a historic low
over the last few years. In 2012, for the first time in almost
40 years, the beneficiaries-to-unemployed ratio fell below 40%.
"As if the situation wasn't bad enough, the Harper government imposed
further reforms. No one will be surprised to learn that even less
unemployed workers were helped in 2013, further lowering the ratio to a
mere 37%," explained Magali Picard, PSAC Regional Vice President for
"How is it that a measure supposed to help the victims of unemployment
excludes so many? These latest changes have further crippled a program
that was already way out of step with the reality of today's labour
market," said Larry Rousseau, PSAC Regional Vice President for the
National Capital Region.
The "Employment Insurance in Canada: Hitting Rock Bottom" video aims to
inform the public on the impact of the Conservative government's cuts
to federal programs and services.
We hope that Canadians from all walks of life will voice their concern
for one of Canada's most important programs that aims to reduce
inequality, help our most vulnerable citizens, and ensure a more fair
and prosperous future for our country," concluded Benson.
The video and additional information on the cuts to the Employment
Insurance program is available on weareallaffected.ca and notothecuts.ca
Video with caption: "Employment Insurance in Canada: Hitting Rock Bottom". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK3L5F4cAgk&feature=youtu.be
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