Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

March 20, 2007 10:14 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Labour Congress to Call for Urgent Action to Fix 'Looming Roadblock' to Sustainable Growth and Prosperity

Tuesday's Presentation to Parliamentary Committee lays out practical steps to implement an 'inclusive' labour force development plan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 20, 2007) - Sustainable economic growth and continued prosperity will eventually hit a wall if the federal government fails to implement a truly inclusive labour force development plan, says the Canadian Labour Congress.

"We're hurtling down the road, ignoring the looming roadblock right in front of us," notes Hassan Yussuff, CLC Secretary-Treasurer. "Look at the facts. Despite working longer and harder, four out of five families are falling behind in a growing economy. Business and government have manufactured a skills shortage in the face of intolerably high unemployment. And increasing numbers of migrant workers are literally dying from exploitation.

"All these are symptoms of willful inaction by both the current Conservative and past Liberal governments to match workers to employment demands. Failure to address this issue on an urgent basis will see the current labour force problems in Alberta work their way through much of the economy."

Yussuff will squarely address these controversial issues before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities at:

Time: 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Place: Room 536, Wellington Building

The CLC will make its own extensively-researched labour force development plan available to the media at that time. Yussuff will be available for comment both before and following his Committee appearance.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents three million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 136 district labour councils.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Labour Congress
    Karl Flecker
    CLC Anti-Racism and Human Rights Department
    Canadian Labour Congress
    Alan Pryde
    CLC Communications