Union calls for federal 'good jobs' strategy
TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's job market still hasn't fully
recovered from the last major economic crisis, leaving workers more
vulnerable to layoffs, wage cuts and poorer quality job prospects in
the event of a double-dip recession, says CAW President Ken Lewenza.
Lewenza's comments come after Canada's latest national job report showed
stagnant growth over the month of August, as the economy lost over
5,000 net jobs and 16,000 more Canadians joined the unemployment rolls.
"There are clear signs that our economy is struggling and facing down
another potential recession," Lewenza said. "Our government can keep
denying that fact, or they can take proactive measures to lessen its
impact on Canadians."
Lewenza said that, while still poor, Canada's job market indicators
prior to the 2008 global financial crisis showed workers had entered
the recession in a much stronger position than today.
In September of 2008, there were fewer Canadians vying for jobs (18.3
million), the unemployment rate was 6.2 per cent, the employment rate
(the proportion of Canadians actively employed among the total working
age population) was 63.7 per cent, and part-time work made up 18.5 per
cent of total jobs.
Today, there are more Canadians in the labour market (18.7 million),
unemployment rate is at 7.3 per cent, the employment rate has dropped
to 61.9 per cent and the share of part-time jobs has risen to historic
highs of over 19 per cent in recent months.
He noted that Canada's recovery period flooded the economy with too many
poor quality temporary jobs, contract jobs and other more 'precarious'
forms of work - filled by Canada's most vulnerable working populations,
including women, temporary foreign workers, new immigrants and youth.
"These workers are often the first to lack access to important workplace
benefits and government benefits, and face the headwinds of recession
without adequate protection," Lewenza said.
"It's time for the Conservative government to stop just waiting for
disaster to strike, and start putting measures in place to deal with
this impending crisis. This must come in the form of a good jobs
strategy, which would promote the creation of sustainable full-time,
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
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