June 5 2013: “Canada needs up-to-date labour policy: Goar”
June 5, 2013|Posted in: Uncategorised
By Carol Goar:
“Very few Members of Parliament know how it feels to live on the edge. Andrew Cash does.
The 50-year-old New Democrat, who represents Davenport, never had a permanent, full-time job until he was elected two years ago. As a singer-songwriter, he had no income between gigs, no employment insurance (EI) and no workplace benefits. He didn’t even dream of a pension.
Half of Toronto’s workers — artists, musicians, consultants, university lecturers, entrepreneurs, freelance writers, web designers, waiters, taxi drivers, roofers, office cleaners and interns — live that way, Cash points out. Yet this reality is never discussed in the House of Commons. MPs behave as if the vast majority of Canadians had permanent stable jobs.
Cash knows one MP can’t turn the tide. But he hopes to get Parliament to at least acknowledge that precarious employment is becoming the new normal in urban Canada. Before the House rises on June 21, he will table a private member’s bill sketching out a national urban workers’ strategy. It will contain measures designed to protect Canadians working part-time, contract-to-contract, casually or in any other makeshift arrangement.”
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Board president WWEC, member at large Social Justice Windsor District Labour Council. President, Global Resource Centre.