Saturday, 22 March 2014

Why Doesn't The Canadian Labour Congress Push For Less Immigration?

14.2%, 27.7%, and 40%. These are the respective real unemployment numbers nationally, for the nation's youth, and for recently arrived immigrants/aboriginal youth combined if underemployment is to be factored in. This is according to a Canadian Labour Congress report. These figures are double the official rates that come out of Ottawa.

Also noteworthy is that 72% of new net job created between 2008 and 2013 can be classified as precarious work. This is an employment situation affecting half of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Hamilton, ON workers. (Incidentally, Toronto and Hamilton city councils voted to make their cities "sanctuary cities.")

Of the demands the CLC is seeking; better reporting of the underemployed, better counting of the underemployed, and official acknowledgement of the numbers of Canadians economically struggling; the CLC fails without surprise to acknowledge that immigration is also a problem and prime contributor to the precarious workforce. If the CLC is sincere in it's concern for the economic well being of working Canadians it should question the government's rational for continuing a mass immigration program when underemployment figures are so high.

And young Canadians need to smarten up. Being forced into precarious work, especially at a young age, can have a lasting impact on an individual's working life. With a real unemployment rate at 27.7%, it's odd how they can be so supportive of immigration when it's not in their interests to do so. But then again they did have to suffer through years of being indoctrinated to the orthodoxies of the state's official religion in the nation's public school system. Perhaps some time in the real world will open their eyes but by that time it may be too late.

There are now 6.3 unemployed people per job vacancy, up from 5.7 unemployed people per vacancy a year earlier, StatsCan’s data shows. The number of unemployed people has stayed stable, at 1.2 million, over the past year, but the number of jobs available has shrunk, causing the ratio to go up.
Even in Alberta and Saskatchewan, the number of job-seekers per job is increasing. There were 2.4 job-seekers per job in Saskatchewan in December, up from 2.1 in August, 2012. In Alberta, there were 2.3 job-seekers, up from 1.7 in August, 2012.
The skills shortage and the labour shortage are myths.  We don't need more immigrants.  Not now and not for years to come if we ever needed that many at all.

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