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Canadian trade unions are calling for strong recovery as unemployment rises

The number of Canadians who haven’t worked for more than a year has tripled during the pandemic.

Ottawa, May 7, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canadian trade unions are calling for swift government action to address the apparent rise in unemployment with today’s latest job numbers.

Canada’s economic recovery remains uneven, with young people, women and low-wage workers still suffering from unemployment and underemployment, according to a April labor force survey released this morning by the Canadian Bureau of Statistics.

Canadian trade unions are calling on Ottawa to fulfill its recent key commitments in the federal budget, including literacy improvement, skills training, a $ 15 federal minimum wage, and significant investment in many other important recovery measures. I will. Rapid passage depends on the support of parliamentarians and the speeding up of budget enforcement bills by the Senate.

“As we continue to fight the third wave of COVID-19, the necessary blockades have hit workers and their families hard,” said Hassan Yussuff, president of CLC. “We welcome the recent announcements of literacy, skills development and training in the 2021 federal budget, as they will help Canadian workers recover after the pandemic is over, but we are federal. We urge the government to deploy these programs quickly with the support of all parties to ensure that workers do not delay their return to work. The government also benefits from EI and recovery. Access to education and training for unemployed Canadians undergoing should be immediately increased. “

Following new developments in February and March, the latest survey found that April employment fell by 200,000, with the largest losses in Ontario and British Columbia.

Long-term unemployment (the percentage of people who have been unemployed for more than half a year) is also increasing. The long-term unemployment rate is 170% higher than before the pandemic. Most of the increase is occurring in the low-wage food service and retail industries affected by COVID-19 public health measures. This trend is a concern because long-term unemployed are at high risk of losing skills and fraying attachments to the job market.

“We encourage the government to target new recovery employment programs so that employers don’t overlook workers at high risk of being left behind,” said Yusaf. “This includes long-term unemployed, disabled workers, less educated Canadians, indigenous workers and colored workers. Given the ongoing recovery of the second-speed employment market. We need a comprehensive recovery plan that leaves no one behind. “

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