Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

October 12, 2007 16:26 ET

CLC: Parliament Needs to Get Back to Work

Working people need help coping with economic change

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2007) - "When parents with young children are looking for child care spaces, when unemployed sawmill workers are hurt by increasing export of raw logs, when families are losing good manufacturing jobs, it's time for Parliament to get back to work and focus on the issues and the bills piling up on the kitchen tables of working families," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

"These are the first and foremost priorities!"

Georgetti explains that among Canada's workers, there are thousands who need legislative and government action to help them cope with the changing economy, the high Canadian dollar, and the growing cost of living more than talk of an early federal election.

"For instance, Parliament has not finished its work on Bill C-62, the creation of a wage earner protection program that will provide some shelter to workers if their employer goes bankrupt or becomes insolvent. Working families want Parliament to finish its work on such legislation before any other consideration."

"Parliament is supposed to be about us: the millions of people who go to work everyday to support our families who sent those people to Ottawa to make our lives a little better," says Georgetti.

Important legislation, already stalled because of the decision to start a new parliamentary session, is at risk of being completely lost, including legislation to provide better child care for working parents, and legislation to fight climate change.

"We need action so our industries and our people can deal with the impacts of the high Canadian dollar while helping them seize the opportunities this situation also presents. We need action on the loss of thousands upon thousands of good-paying jobs in the manufacturing and value-added sectors of our economy far more than we need an election," Georgetti says.

"Families are struggling to pay the bills for the health benefits they've lost, for the prescription drugs they need, for the cost of child care and for the education they want their kids to have, and for the retirement they see slipping further and further into the future. The job of the government is to help them get ahead," concludes Georgetti.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 136 district labour councils. Web site:

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