Renewed call for stronger public pensions and safer workplaces

Publish date: Friday, September 02, 2016

Labour Day is an important opportunity to celebrate and recognize Canada’s nurses and all workers across the country.

This year, Canada's nurses are joining the Canadian Labour Congress and calling for stronger public pensions, safer workplaces and public spaces, and better jobs for all.

In the coming months, the federal government will put legislation before Parliament to implement the first increase in retirement income benefits in half a century. While today’s seniors still need help to avoid falling into poverty, it is young workers who will benefit most from this change.

Already faced with hostile jobs market and record levels of debt, today’s young workers need a new way to save for retirement. Improving the CPP so it covers more than just 25 per cent of the working income will make a big difference when the time comes to retire.

We must also continue working hard to tackle precarious work and protect all workers – in our health care settings. It is important to pay particular attention to home care workers, personal care workers and nurse practitioners, who are too often in part-time and casual positions.

As Canada’s nurses, we must continue to push for appropriate staffing levels to address working conditions for all and ensure quality, safe patient care.

Canada’s unions are working to encourage federal and provincial governments to restore the conditions required to grow and sustain the good jobs that people need.

This Labour Day, Canada’s nurses are proud to support the Canadian Labour Congress’ Labour of Love campaign. The CFNU stands in solidarity with unions across our country for safety and fairness for all Canadians.

Take action and tell all levels of government that Canada needs stronger public pensions, safer workplaces and public spaces, and better jobs for all.

For more information on the CLC’s Labour of Love campaign please visit Fairness Works .



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