|A Victory for working people:
Canadian Labour praises vote on Bill C-55
|November 27, 2005
The Canadian Labour Congress applauds the adoption with amendments, by the House of Commons of Bill C-55, the Wage Earner
Protection Program Act, and presses the Senate to follow suit, and adopt it speedily also.
“The unanimous vote in favour of Bill C-55 in the House of Commons is a great step in the right direction for Canadian workers,” says
Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. “It is urgent that the Senate also pass this bill to provide workers with
desperately-needed protection of their wages and benefits, and of their collective agreements.”
The Wage Earner Protection Program Act, will allow the creation of a Wage Earner
Protection Fund to guarantee up to $3,000 to workers who suffer lost wages when employers declare bankruptcy; it will affirm the sanctity
of collective agreements against bankruptcy proceedings; and it will secure the integrity of unpaid pension contributions at the time of the
“The Wage Earner Protection Program Act, as adopted by the House of Commons,
can restore fairness to workers in bankruptcy proceedings,” explains Hassan Yussuff, secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Labour
Congress. “It brings clear, predictable and concrete protection to those who often lose the most when employers become insolvent.”
The Canadian Labour Congress praises the work of the Government of Canada in introducing this legislation and bringing it to this vote
with the modifications requested by the labour movement – in particular the sponsors of the bill, Minister of Labour Joe Fontana, Minister
of Industry David Emerson and House Leader Tony Valeri.
The Canadian Labour Congress thanks all the Members of Parliament who gave unanimous consent to the adoption of this bill.
The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings
together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour
Web site: www.canadianlabour.ca