TORONTO, June 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The release of the full text of the
proposed free trade deal with South Korea does nothing to alleviate
concerns that the deal will seriously harm Canada's manufacturing
sector, and sends the Canadian economy heading in the wrong direction,
Unifor National President Jerry Dias says.
"We can see now in black and white that the Harper government has signed
a deal that will allow Korean-made cars to flood into Canada," Unifor
National President Jerry Dias said. "At the same time, there's little
in this document that gives much hope of us sending more cars there."
Unifor has called for Korean companies wanting to sell more cars in
Canada to be required to set up manufacturing plants here.
"Canada already has a massive trade deficit with Korea, and this deal
will only make it worse," Dias said.
Canada sold $3.7 billion worth of goods to Korea in 2012, but imported
$6.4 billion for a trade deficit of almost $3 billion. Dias said South
Korean manufacturing has thrived thanks to a close relationship between
government and industry.
As with the Harper government's proposed trade deal with Europe, Dias
said the South Korea deal will encourage the export of Canadian
resources, to be manufactured overseas and resold to Canadians as
finished value-added products.
Dias said a better economic strategy would be to establish policies that
encourage Canadian resources to be manufactured here, creating good
jobs now, and the prospect of a stable future for our young people.
"We are a country rich in resources. We can make things with them - but
more importantly, we can create the jobs and stability Canadians want
for themselves and their children," Dias said.
Unifor will kick-start efforts toward building such a job-centred
economic policy next fall when it hosts the Good Jobs Summit in
Toronto, bringing together stakeholders from across the country to talk
about what is need to create good jobs for this generation and the
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when
the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers union merged.
For Unifor's research on trade with South Korea, go to: unifor.org/en/search/content/korea. For information on the Good Jobs Summit, go to: goodjobssummit.ca.
For further information:
please contact Unifor Communications Director Sarah Blackstock at Sarah.Blackstock@Unifor.org or (cell) 416-949-1072, or Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org or (cell) 647-385-4054.