Unemployed Workers to Rally at Ignatieff's Office

June 18, 2009, 4:31 PM EST


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Unemployed workers will converge at Michael Ignatieff's constituency office in Etobicoke, Ontario Friday June 19 to protest the Opposition Leader's about-face on long-overdue and necessary unemployment insurance (EI) reforms by postponing fixes to the program until after the summer.

Demonstration at Michael Ignatieff's constituency office

When: Friday June 19, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 636 The Queensway, Etobicoke, Ontario M8Y 1K7 (west of Park Lawn Road)

Labour unions and community activists have called on the federal government to introduce a suite of EI reforms that improves access, expands the benefit duration period and eliminates the two-week waiting period for laid-off workers, among others.

Ignatieff drew the ire of activists across the country after striking a deal with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to establish a working group charged with reviewing a slate of possible EI reforms and providing recommendations that will be considered after the summer.

In the meantime, more unemployed Canadians are struggling to meet EI eligibility requirements while others are watching as their benefits quickly dry up, said CAW National Representative Laurell Ritchie.

The demonstration is being organized by the Good Jobs for All Coalition - an alliance of more than 35 community, environmentalist, labour and student groups representing people throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

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