Surge in Part-time Work Cannot Replace Full-time Jobs Lost, says CAW President

    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The job growth figures released in today's
Labour Force Survey report bolstered by a massive increase in part-time work,
are indicative of what CAW National President Ken Lewenza says is the new
economy under the Stephen Harper Conservative government.
    "This economy is represented by a surge in part-time jobs to the
detriment of full-time employment, especially in the industrial sector," said
Lewenza. "While the Conservative government may boast about job creation,
these part-time jobs do little to replace the 167,000 family-supporting
manufacturing jobs lost since they took office two and a half years ago."
    The Labour Force Survey, which provides monthly updates and analysis on
Canada's job market, reports that 107,000 new jobs were created in September.
However, nine out of 10 jobs created are classified as part-time.
    "Canadians cannot be expected to cobble together two or three part-time
jobs just to make ends meet," said Lewenza. "For many of the 350,000
manufacturing workers who have lost their jobs since 2002, this is exactly
what is happening."
    Lewenza points out that part-time work in most sectors of the economy
offers below average wages, few if any workplace pensions and benefits and
little stability for workers. "Increasingly what we are seeing is jobs that
were formerly full-time positions such as in retail, hospitality and health
care are being eroded into part-time jobs, with fewer benefits and lower
wages," said Lewenza. "This is a very disturbing trend for the economic health
of this country and certainly isn't the legacy we would want to pass onto the
next generation."

For further information:

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

Organization Profile

Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)

More on this organization

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890