Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

October 17, 2006 11:00 ET

Budget Cuts: Canadian Labour Congress Speaks Out on Behalf of those who Cannot Raise their Voices

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2006) - With a call for reinstatement of the monies being taken away from the most marginalised workers, the Canadian Labour Congress brings its denunciation of the September 25 government budget cuts to Parliament.

Barbara Byers, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress, makes a presentation today to the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Byers explains how most of the burden of the funding cuts to the Human Resources and Social Development Canada Department will fall on lower-skilled workers, women, underemployed workers with training credentials from other countries, Aboriginal workers and workers with disabilities.

"Imposing a crushing silence on Canadians who are not yet able to exercise their full citizenship and pushing them into poverty are the first two things these budget cuts will achieve," Byers says. "True to our history and tradition, the Canadian Labour Congress will be the voice for all these workers."

Byers' presentation focusses mostly on three areas: skills' training, literacy and status of women and concludes with a condemnation of "the new government's actions and the callous and exclusionary decision-making process that it has used to slash funding for programs that make a difference to all Canadians."

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 135 district labour councils.

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