CAW Calls on P.M. to Act as Manufacturing Jobs Hit Record Low

    TORONTO, March 7 /CNW/ - CAW President Buzz Hargrove is calling on
Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take immediate action in light
of today's alarming job market statistics which show continuing loss of
manufacturing jobs in Canada.
    In the month of February alone Canada lost 24,000 manufacturing jobs and
over the last 12 months Canada has seen 106,000 manufacturing jobs evaporate.
    "What is it going to take before the Harper Conservatives recognize the
crisis in Canada's manufacturing sector is growing worse each month," Hargrove
asked. "Unfair trade coupled with the high Canadian dollar and lack of federal
government action is resulting in massive job loss in manufacturing
communities across the country. Until something is done there will be more
    According to Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey for February
released Friday March 7, manufacturing now only accounts for 11.6 per cent of
total employment in Canada, which is a record low. In 2002, manufacturing
represented 15 per cent of Canadian employment.

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For further information: CAW Communications, John McClyment, cell, (416)
315-3202 or Angelo DiCaro, cell, (416) 606-6311

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