Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

May 13, 2006 08:00 ET

Workers Urged to Call Their M.P.s

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 13, 2006) - The legislative priorities of working people will be debated in Parliament in the weeks and months to come and according to Hassan Yussuff it has never been more important for workers to call their own M.P.

Yussuff, Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress, was on the Parliament Hill twice this week to show labour's support for two private members' bills that address major priorities for working people.

Bill C-265 would reduce the number of hours required to qualify for benefits under the Employment Insurance program and base those benefits on a worker 12 best weeks of work over the past year. It was introduced on May 8 by New Brunswick M.P. Yvon Godin.

"These changes will bring fairness to the EI Program that is long overdue," says Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress, pointing out that barely more than a third of the unemployed can ever qualify for benefits.

Bill C-270 would bring welcome changes to Canada's bankruptcy laws and protect workers' pensions when their employer goes broke. Called the "Workers First Bill", it was introduced on May 9 by Hamilton M.P. Chris Charlton.

"Minority parliaments can work to the advantage of ordinary working people because the government doesn't own the agenda. Every M.P. can make a difference, which is why it is so important for working people to call their M.P. and ask them to support these bills," says Yussuff.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils. Web site:

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