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TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The one thing that will make the most
difference in the lives of Canadian families with today's Throne Speech
is a commitment to find ways to put our unemployed back to work in good
quality jobs, says Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
"I'm hoping that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has heard loud and clear
the need to start a conversation about creating and sustaining decent
work," Dias said before the speech. "Incremental changes to consumer
regulations or consumer prices don't mean anything if you don't have a
good job and decent security."
Instead of the creation of good jobs, the Canadian economy has seen more
part-time and precarious employment, along with the disappearance of
good jobs in manufacturing, public services, and elsewhere. Canada's
youth are positioned to become the first generation in Canadian history
to be worse off than their parents.
"The government tries to distract Canadians with an emphasis on free
trade and consumer choice, when what would make the most difference is
a commitment to a better quality of life, including good jobs they can
rely on," said Dias.
That's why Unifor has called on the federal government to bring together
all stakeholders to put their heads together at a national summit to
find ways to create and support the jobs Canadians need.
Dias reiterated Unifor's pledge to organize its own Good Jobs Summit in
2014 if the federal government fails to provide the necessary
leadership, and will actively seek out partners from civil society,
including labour, First Nations, and non-governmental organizations,
business and government.
"Working people across our economy are seeing their jobs outsourced and
the government and corporations are simply telling them to expect
less," Dias said. "Corporations have misused the federal government's
foreign worker programs, and demanded that workers take a hit even when
profits are high. We need to do better."
To build support the Good Jobs Summit, Unifor has asked Canadians to
reflect on how Canada's job market could be improved. Unifor has
started the conversation by taking to twitter with the hashtag
To learn about the campaign, visit: www.unifor.org/goodjobs
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