Workers will rebel against efforts to force deferral of retirement
EDMONTON, April 27 /CNW/ - Plans announced by the provincial government
today to keep Albertans working longer are being viewed with concern by
the labour movement.
"If Employment and Immigration Minister Thomas Lukaszuk is talking about
providing supports and incentives to people who voluntarily choose to
work longer, that's one thing," says Gil McGowan, president of the
Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL), which represents 140,000 workers.
"But if he's talking about forcing people to work past retirement age
against their choice, then he's going to have a war on his hands.
Working Albertans won't take kindly to having their retirement dreams
undermined or taken away."
McGowan criticized the consultation process that led to today's
announcement, saying it was another example of the government listening
to employers, but doing little to seek the opinions of workers.
"It appears there were months of consultations with employers who want
to keep their employees working longer, but little consultation with
those who will be most affected - the workers themselves," he says.
"Workers deserve to be able to look forward to retirement security at
the end of their careers. The labour shortage must not be used as an
excuse to allow employers to weaken retirement and pension policies so
that people are forced to keep working by diminishing financial
SOURCE Alberta Federation of Labour
For further information:
Gil McGowan, president, Alberta Federation of Labour @ 780-218-9888
Terry Inigo-Jones, AFL Communications Officer, 780-910-1137