TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Chinese Canadian National Council
(CCNC) and United Steelworkers union (USW) together welcome a
comprehensive review of the Temporary Foreign Worker program. We urge
the government to consult with all stakeholders including unions,
non-profit groups, researchers and the workers themselves, as opposed
to past efforts that heavily weighted the input from the business
The controversy over hiring Chinese nationals has unfortunately become
racialized and the government should acknowledge that they dropped the
ball. The government should acknowledge the reality that there are not
enough jobs in the Canadian economy today.
Statements by politicians that suggest a current labour shortage are
simply not accurate. They do a disservice to Canadian workers.
We urge the government to boost the economy through additional fiscal
spending. The alternative would be the status-quo - sub-par economy
growth with unacceptably high levels of unemployment and
underemployment which serves to foster resentment over those temporary
workers who are necessary.
The CCNC and the USW support a properly-run Temporary Foreign Worker
program that requires a thorough check for the availability of Canadian
workers, one which is supported by Canadians and one which is regulated
to fully protect foreign workers from exploitation and provides them
with a path to permanent residency and citizenship.
CCNC and USW call on the federal government to engage in such a
meaningful review that is transparent, accountable and involves
Parliament and all the stakeholders.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Victor Wong, CCNC, 416-977-9871 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Neumann, USW, 416-544-5951
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-434-2221 / email@example.com