CAW President Says Harper Inaction on Manufacturing Job Loss is Shameful

August 8, 2008, 4:04 PM EST


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CAW President Buzz Hargrove considers today's announcement of 55,000 job losses in the month of July absolutely devastating. The latest figures, released by Statistics Canada on August 8, are one of the worst monthly job loss totals for Canadian manufacturing on record. Hargrove points the finger directly at the Harper government.

"The Harper government must be held accountable for the pain and suffering felt by the hundreds of thousands of Canadian manufacturing workers who have lost their jobs in recent years," Hargrove said, adding that the government's disregard of important issues such as unfair trade, the rising Canadian dollar, and skyrocketing energy prices has contributed to the major job losses in recent years.

"The government's inaction is both appalling and shameful."

Hargrove said that these latest labour market statistics do not account for more recently announced layoffs and plant closures that will take place in the coming months, including thousands more job losses at Sterling Truck in St. Thomas, Owens Illinois in Toronto and the General Motors Oshawa truck plant slated to close in 2009.

"Until our federal government wakes up and realizes the extent of this crisis, I fear that the worst is yet to come."

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