Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

October 24, 2006 12:00 ET

Media Advisory/CLC: Georgetti Brings Labour's Call for a Made-in-Canada Jobs Strategy to Toronto

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 24, 2006) - Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, takes the labour movement's call for a Made-in-Canada Jobs Strategy to Ontario, the province paying the highest price for government inaction. He will open the second day of a Summit on job loss in the manufacturing sector, Wednesday, October 25 in Toronto, starting at 9:00 a.m.

The Summit, organized by the Ontario Federation of Labour, takes place October 24 and 25 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1250 Eglinton Avenue East (just east of the Don Valley Parkway).

Since 2002, Canada has lost nearly 300,000 manufacturing jobs, mostly in Ontario. The last time this happened was between 1989 and 1992 when the country was in full recession.

Employers are crying for skilled workers, yet the amount they spend on workplace training and skills development ranks Canada among the lowest in the OECD. The same is true for the amount they invest in new tools and equipment. This is not a recipe for a productive economy.

Market forces alone are not creating the good, family-supporting and sustainable jobs Canadians need to maintain their standard of living and support a decent quality of life. Canada needs a national jobs strategy - a plan - to build the economy working families need. Ontario, in particular, needs a plan to prevent the further corrosion of its manufacturing base.

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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