Budget must contain support for laid off workers and retraining possibilities, says CAW President Buzz Hargrove

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - The Ontario budget needs to respond to the
crisis in Ontario's manufacturing sector and offer support to the tens of
thousands of workers who've been displaced or who are at risk of job loss,
says CAW President Buzz Hargrove. "Too many of these workers end up in a
revolving door of temporary help agency jobs."
    "Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has proven with three consecutive
budgets that he's driven more by ideology than common sense," said Hargrove.
"What we really need is government investments in active measures that help us
address the current economic crisis. It means supports to help save jobs,
poverty reduction strategies and new investments in worker training."
    According to the CAW, manufacturing workers and others need training
supports such as:

    1.  Skills development funds to support longer term and career-change

    2.  New infrastructures for literacy and basic skills, for the employed
        and unemployed alike. The province should consider restoring the
        highly successful Basic Education for Skills Training (BEST) program
        that operated in this province until it was axed by the Tory
        government of Mike Harris and Jim Flaherty;

    3.  Special supports for workers 45 years and older who need an extra leg
        up to become re-employed or to transition to retirement;

    4.  Income and benefit supports while the unemployed undertake this

For further information:

For further information: CAW Communications, John McClyment, (cell)
(416) 315-3202

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