Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

November 28, 2007 08:30 ET

A Government That Keeps its Promises?

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2007) - The Canadian Labour Congress is marking this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a call for the federal government to keep the promises it made on Canada's behalf when it signed the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities on March 30.

"This government likes to criticize its predecessor for making bold promises and then failing to follow through. We heard lots of rhetoric in the latest Throne Speech to this effect. If it is more than just the same old politics, then action on the chronic unemployment, underemployment and poverty facing most Canadians living with disabilities should be coming soon, right?" asks Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress

More than 55% of working-age adults with disabilities are currently unemployed or out of the labour market. For women with disabilities, the rate is almost 75%.

"The jobs are there. The workers and the skills to get those jobs done are there. Making that work accessible and inclusive is the challenge. Leadership from the government is required - not just promises or more rhetoric about past promises broken," says Georgetti.

The full text of the December 3 statement can be found on the Canadian Labour Congress web site: canadianlabour.ca.

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.

Contact Information

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    Jeff Atkinson
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