SEIU Canada

SEIU Canada

March 25, 2010 23:23 ET

SEIU Canada: McGuinty Urged to Crackdown on Underground Economy

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2010) - The Ontario government was urged to use new powers in the budget to crackdown on the underground economy following today's budget.

"We need to create and preserve good jobs while cracking down on companies that operate a black market in human labour," said Sharleen Stewart, head of the Service Employees International Union Canada (SEIU Canada).

The budget included funding for a special program to investigate violations of the law by employers in service industries like the cleaning sector.

The government also extended its second career skills training program to another 30,000 laid off workers while stepping in to fill a gap left by the federal government with $63.5-million for child care centres.

"These moves will help create and preserve good jobs," said Ms. Stewart, adding: "But there is widespread concern about signs hospital services will be cut even while corporate tax cuts are being extended."

"Public sector wages are being frozen while the government is going ahead with $4.6-billion in handouts to Bay Street," said Ms. Stewart.

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