Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

March 30, 2009 16:11 ET

Canadian Labour Congress: Prime Minister Harper Must Push for Action at G-20

Georgetti says G-20 leaders must address the global free fall in jobs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 30, 2009) - Stephen Harper must use the G-20 summit in London to push for added economic stimulus and greater income protection for laid-off workers, says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

"We received a dire forecast just this weekend at a meeting of G-8 labour ministers in Rome," Georgetti says. "We will see a much deeper downturn in 2009 and 2010 than had been predicted, with a rise in North American and European unemployment rates to double digit levels and no recovery until late 2011," Georgetti says. Canada's HRSDC Minister Diane Finley participated in the Rome meeting.

Georgetti and other global union leaders are in London to press labour's agenda for dealing with the economic crisis. They meet on Tuesday, March 31 with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and with other leaders in separate meetings.

"We absolutely must take sufficient measures to address the global free fall in jobs or this economic crisis will never be resolved," Georgetti says. "Mr. Harper has been saying contradictory things. He must accept the gravity of the situation and act on it." Georgetti says that labour leaders "fully support" President Barack Obama's call to take all needed measures to deal with deepening jobs crisis.

Georgetti is available for media interviews in London and those originating in Canada.

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 130 district labour councils. Web site:

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