CAW President says Harper inaction on manufacturing job loss is appalling and shameful

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - CAW President Buzz Hargrove considers today's
announcement of 55,000 manufacturing job losses in the month of July
absolutely devastating. The latest figures, released by Statistics Canada on
August 8, are one of the worst monthly job loss totals for Canadian
manufacturing on record. Hargrove points the finger directly at the Harper
    "The Harper government must be held accountable for the pain and
suffering felt by the hundreds of thousands of Canadian manufacturing workers
who have lost their jobs in recent years," Hargrove said, adding that the
government's disregard of important issues such as unfair trade, the rising
Canadian dollar, and skyrocketing energy prices has contributed to the major
job losses in recent years.
    "The government's inaction is both appalling and shameful."
    Hargrove said that these latest labour market statistics do not account
for more recently announced layoffs and plant closures that will take place in
the coming months, including thousands more job losses at Sterling Truck in
St. Thomas, Owens Illinois in Toronto and the General Motors Oshawa truck
plant slated to close in 2009.
    "Until our federal government wakes up and realizes the extent of this
crisis, I fear that the worst is yet to come."

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For further information: CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, cell: (416)
302-1699; or Angelo DiCaro, cell: (416) 606-6311

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