Canadian Unions Advocate for a Disaster-Proof Plan
This Labour Day, Canada’s unions are calling on all levels of government to focus on investments and community supports to help restart our economies. Learning from the health and economic chaos in the United States, Canada’s unions will be pushing for a Canadian plan that focuses on:
- Replacing lost jobs with better ones
- Strengthening Canadian public health care
- Disaster-proofing our social safety net
Canada has weathered the pandemic better than the United States because we all worked together. That’s what we need to keep doing in the months ahead.
“Many people in our communities are deeply worried about the future,” said Alan Willaert, VP from Canada. “The federal government can help alleviate the anxiety by committing to our recommendations for the federal budget which include an extension of the CERB, and implementation of a Universal Basic Income.”
Canada’s unions say that workers are key to the recovery and the health and safety of their families are key to that.
“There is a lot of worry about how workers can return to work with fewer child care spaces available and fears about the return to school,” said Willaert “Now more than ever, we require a national strategy to deliver child care that is accessible to everyone. We must ensure that for-profit long-term care becomes a relic of the past and that workers in need of sick leave don’t worry about taking a day off when necessary”
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