Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 16, 2007 15:44 ET

CLC/Adoption of Bill C-269: A Matter of Justice and Modernization

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 16, 2007) - The Canadian Labour Congress calls on the government of Canada to join with the other parties in the House of Commons and move towards adoption of Bill C-269 to bring justice and a measure of economic security to Canada's unemployed workers.

"This legislation will go a long way towards modernizing the Employment Insurance program," says Barbara Byers, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress. "It is not perfect but it will bring remedies to the main failings of the current system that disqualify too many workers. This legislation will help make EI more accessible and will also provide for better benefits for improved durations."

"The labour movement also calls on responsible employers to join with workers and call on the government to support the progressive changes proposed in Bill C-269. The bill offers a vision of an Employment Insurance program that works for workers and for the long-term economic interests of the country."

"Our EI system needs to keep pace with the realities of today's workers, a majority of whom do not have traditional employment that is daytime, weekdays, full-time and permanent."

Bill C-269 essentially brings forward the recommendations supported by all parties in the 2005 Report of the parliamentary committee on Human Resources. These proposals, which, in their broad outlines, match the Canadian Labour Congress' own call for modernization of EI, have unfortunately been ignored to date by the current and previous governments.

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. Web site:

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