EDMONTON, June 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor will advise the government to
shelve Bills 9 and 10 during testimony to the Standing Committee on
Alberta's Economic Future this afternoon.
"Bills 9 and 10 are a serious blow to the dignity and independence of
Alberta's seniors," said Joie Warnock, Unifor's Western Director. "This
legislation is a crass attempt to have companies profit from taking
seniors' retirement income."
Bill 9 (Public Sector Pension Plans Amendment Act) and Bill 10 (Employment Pension (Private Sector) Plans Amendment Act) were introduced in the spring with no notice or public consultation.
Public backlash forced the government to refer them to the Standing
Committee on Alberta's Economic Future.
On top of addressing the major concerns with both bills, Unifor's
submission will address the problem of the lack of pension coverage in
Alberta, stress the need to broaden the economic outlook when
considering pension sustainability, and provide recommendations to the
committee on how to improve retirement security for Albertans.
"We are calling on the government to take a more balanced approach and
consider the interests of workers and pensioners for an adequate and
secure pension today and into the future," said Warnock.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 305,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
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For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Katie Arnup at 416-333-8097 (cell) or Katie.Arnup@unifor.org.