Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

January 04, 2007 14:29 ET

Labour Reacts to Cabinet Shuffle

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 4, 2007) - Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, reacts with frustration at the fact that every cabinet shuffle for a decade-and-a-half involves one of the largest and most important departments of the federal government.

"Breaking in a new minister, will once again be the priority at Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)," says Georgetti.

"At a time when Canada is in desperate need of a jobs strategy, when workers and industry need better access to training and skills development, and with a growing number of Canadians finding themselves among the working poor, it's hard to understand the revolving door on the minister's office at HRSDC," he says.

"Imagine the markets' reaction if the Finance Minister was changed every time there is a shuffle. If a productive economy with good jobs for Canadians is a priority, there needs to be continuity and leadership at HRSDC. Policies for Canadians' job prospects and pay cheques should be more than a political parking lot."

"Of course, I wish Minister Solberg well in his new job and look forward to working with him and his staff towards building the productive economy Canada's working families need to prosper," concludes Georgetti.

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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