SIMCOE, ON, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Community leaders and labour activists
demonstrated outside Conservative cabinet Minister Diane Finley's
Simcoe office today to protest the Harper government's low-wage
economic strategy for Canada.
Dozens of demonstrators called for comprehensive reform of the Temporary
Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), which the Harper government has used to
exploit foreign workers and suppress wages, training and job
opportunities across the country.
"Stephen Harper and his corporate friends continue to exploit temporary
foreign workers as a key part of their low-wage economic model for our
country," said Tony DePaulo, assistant to the Ontario Director of the
United Steelworkers (USW) union.
"The Harper government has taken the failed Liberal Temporary Foreign
Worker Program and mismanaged it into a tool that suppresses workers'
rights," said NDP MP Wayne Marston (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek), the
Official Opposition's Human Rights Critic.
The Harper government continues to deny temporary foreign workers a
clear path to permanent residency and citizenship, Marston said.
"You can't say that anyone who is worthy to work in our country is not
worthy to live in our country," he said. "These workers are trying to
do better by their families. We need to do better by them."
"Not only are foreign workers being exploited, but at the same time
workers are not being trained for jobs here in Canada," said Ontario
Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan. "This is unacceptable in an
era of massively high unemployment among young people."
Today's protest is part of the Give Everyone A Chance for Canada's Future campaign launched by the United Steelworkers. For more information on
the campaign, go to www.everyoneschance.ca.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Alexandra Eshelman, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-5968, 416-570-9984, firstname.lastname@example.org
Denis St. Pierre, USW Communications, 416-544-5990, 647-522-1630, email@example.com