Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

October 24, 2006 10:29 ET

Media Advisory/CLC: Labour to Call for a Made-in-Canada Jobs Strategy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 24, 2006) - Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, will make the case for a Made-in-Canada Jobs Strategy to the House of Commons Committee on Industry at its meeting, today, October 24 starting at 3:30 p.m.

Since 2002, Canada has lost nearly 300,000 manufacturing jobs. 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 stands 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.

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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