OTTAWA, Feb. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - An interprovincial coalition of labour and community groups are coming together to make the case for Employment Insurance improvements as part of economic stimulus in the upcoming budget. A joint statement was sent to the Finance Minister, Minister Responsible for EI and the Prime Minister in advance of the House of Commons Finance committee Budget 2016 hearings being held this week.
Federal research shows that EI is the single most powerful tool the government has to stabilize the economy, reducing both GDP and job losses by up to 14% in the wake of recessions.
As economist Angella MacEwen stated, "E.I. is the fastest and most effective way to help struggling workers across Canada. Implementing key changes can help stimulate the economy, and make access to EI fairer for unemployed workers".
Statement at www.progressive-economics.ca/2016/02/12/the-budget-stimulus-and-ei/
About the Inter-provincial E.I. Working Group
The Inter-provincial E.I. Working Group is a coalition of labour organizations and community groups, with members who work with unemployed workers in all areas of Canada. We have previously commented on the need for EI reforms, including a 2013 statement signed by 106 organizations from coast to coast.
Statement in French:
For further information: Angella MacEwen, EI Working Group, Canadian Labour Congress, 613-277-2587; Laurell Ritchie, EI Working Group, Good Jobs for All Coalition, 416-917-0047, firstname.lastname@example.org; Patrick Rondeau, EI Working Group, FTQ, Tél. : 514-383-8043 ou Cel. : 514-797-2513