Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) is calling on the federal and provincial governments for a ten-point Emergency Measures plan for laid-off workers in all industries. The union said that the current economic crisis means that hundreds of thousands of Canadian workers have lost their jobs, and that many more will follow.
In a statement, the union said that the job crisis that has, up until now, been confined largely to manufacturing is becoming economy-wide, as the fallout from bursting speculative bubbles spreads to diverse sectors such as construction, retail, resources and hospitality. Workers who are forced out of their jobs are clearly not at fault and need emergency relief.
The CAW is calling for extended employment insurance (EI) and other income support; better severance pay provisions; enhanced income protection in bankruptcies and insolvencies; foreclosure protection against falling prices; labour laws that require employers to negotiate and fund adjustment programs for laid-off workers; the introduction or expansion of provincial adjustment programs, including funding for Action Centres staffed with coworkers; access and support for training; pension protection; benefit protection; and public notice and justification of closures and layoffs.