OTTAWA, JUNE 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Canadian unions are pleased with the strong countermeasures announced today by the federal government to support workers in the steel and aluminum industries. The countermeasures are a direct response to the recent US-imposed illegal, unjustified and unjustified tariffs on steel and aluminum.
"We support the Federal Government's countervailing duties in retaliation for American mobbing tactics, Trump's tariffs harm workers on both sides of the border, and unions welcome the Canadian government's swift response to the defense of Canadian workers as an important first step in the process Protecting the workers and communities affected by this misguided attack on Canadian industry, "said CLC President Hassan Yussuff
welcomes the following measures announced today:
- Measures to reduce layoffs by extending the maximum duration of the agreements on work-sharing from 38 weeks to 76 weeks
- Increased access to retraining and skills development programs to facilitate the transition of workers to new jobs;
- Federal Government loans and guarantees from the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada to help companies in the short and medium term; and
- Investments to diversify overseas export markets and promote the diversification of steel and aluminum products in Canada.
"The steel and aluminum industry is an important supplier to the Canadian industry, energy, automotive and construction, and today's announcement is a good first step in countering the impact of inappropriate US trade claims on workers in Canada To work closely with the government to provide further support to workers as needed, "said Yussuff.
Such additional support could include an extension of unemployment insurance, wage insurance, or "targeted income support" for workers, the new workforce finding jobs that pay less, and improved mobility assistance to help workers who are moving or expanding their way to work ,
Yussuff also expressed his continued support for immediate action against anti-dumping measures and advised the federal government to work closely with its provincial and territorial partners to develop more robust and targeted training options.
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