CAW's Hargrove Calls for Government Action to Stem Manufacturing Job Loss



    TORONTO, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - "Today's news of major manufacturing job loss in
Canada for December should serve as a stern reminder that the federal
Conservative government must take immediate steps to deal with this crisis,"
CAW President Buzz Hargrove says.
    Statistics Canada released its monthly job numbers today which show that
the manufacturing sector lost 33,200 jobs last month. In the last five years,
the study shows Canada has lost 348,000 manufacturing jobs, which it indicates
occurred mainly in auto and auto parts, wood products and fabricated metal and
furniture.
    "At his meeting with the first ministers this evening, Prime Minister
Stephen Harper must take the opportunity to strike a broad dialogue with key
stakeholders - labour, industry and all levels of government and set up a
taskforce to address this issue. It's long past time that our federal
government carved out a plan of action to deal with the crisis in
manufacturing," Hargrove said. "How many good jobs must be lost before our
government realizes working people are facing a crisis? The $1-billion fund
Harper announced January 10 will not even begin to address the enormity of the
problem."
    Hargrove sent letters to each of the first ministers this week, urging
them to press the federal government for serious action on the manufacturing
crisis.
    The CAW along with other unions launched a Manufacturing Matters campaign
last January that has warned of the devastating impact of unfair trade which
has resulted in a flood of Korean and Japanese vehicles into the North
American market, as well as the crushing impact of the high Canadian dollar
and federal government indifference to the plight of laid off manufacturing
workers and their families.





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