HALTON, ON, Feb. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Labour leaders in the Halton Region
welcomed the chance to meet with Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt
today and urged the Minister to take action to support workers at
Electro-Motive in London who learned today that their plant will close.
"The Minister made it clear to us that while she sympathizes with the
workers who've lost their jobs in London, her hands as federal labour
minister are tied, which is not the answer we wanted to hear," said
Oakville and District Labour Council President Dave Millar. "We need
Minister Raitt to send a strong message that this kind of corporate
cut-and-run behaviour can't be accepted. We will keep pressing her on
this. We need all levels of government speaking out on this."
The meeting held between Halton Region labour leaders and the Minister
was part of the government's pre-budget consultation process. The
meeting included representatives of the local CAW as well as the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union, the Ontario Secondary School
Teachers Federation, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, the
Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Canadian Labour Congress.
CAW Local 707 President Gary Beck said that the issues of retirement
security (including the protection of Old Age Security) and job
creation were front and centre.
"We told the Minister that creating good, quality jobs must be a top
priority in the upcoming budget," Beck said. "We feel that the
government's current program of tax cuts and service cuts won't help
build the economy we need."
Minister Raitt is the MP for Halton. The meeting was organized through
the Oakville District Labour Council.
SOURCE Oakville District Labour Council
For further information:
ODLC President Dave Millar (905) 844-9451 xt 4, or Angelo DiCaro (416) 606-6311