TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - The changes to Employment Insurance proposed by the Harper government won't be enough to repair the tattered social safety net, say the Good Jobs for All Coalition in Toronto. The Conservatives plan calls for an extension of between 5 and 20 weeks for certain "long-tenured" workers, but leaves out the majority of the workforce who are unable to qualify due to the qualification restrictions of the EI system.
"This is a highly political piece of work that does not address the plight of thousands who have lost their jobs in greater Toronto", says Tam Goossen, Co-chair of the Good Jobs for All Coalition. "It does nothing to improve access at a time when the unemployment in Canada's largest urban centre has climbed over 10%."
The Coalition of labour, community and the unemployed has been mobilizing around the demands of 360 hours to qualify, increasing benefits to 60% of the best 12 weeks, allowing all workers to receive at least 50 weeks, and a full year extension of benefits during the recession.
SOURCE TORONTO AND YORK REGION LABOUR COUNCIL
For further information: For further information: Judy Vashti Persad, Co-ordinator, Good Jobs for All Coalition at (416) 895-0754