Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

September 09, 2010 15:33 ET

CLC Opposes Hike in EI Premiums

Georgetti says government should use EI surplus

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2010) - The Canadian Labour Congress is against a proposed increase to Employment Insurance premiums paid by workers and employers, says CLC President Ken Georgetti.

He was responding to reports that a panel appointed by the federal government will move to raise employment insurance premiums to the maximum allowed by January 1, 2011. The federal cabinet can overrule the decision and set a different rate.

"The money needed to support unemployed workers and their families should come from the surplus of over $55 billion that workers and their employers have built up in the EI fund," Georgetti says. "For years, governments took the money that workers paid in EI premiums and used it for all manner of things, including corporate tax breaks. It's high time that workers get their premiums back in the form of better EI benefits."

Georgetti adds: "The government's Consolidated Revenue Fund should also absorb all of the additional EI program costs incurred during the extraordinary circumstances of the recession. The EI program is supposed to be a rainy day fund for workers. Well, it's raining and governments have stolen our umbrella." 

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: www.canadianlabour.ca

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