Canadian Labour Congress | Press Release:
More than 350 labour leaders met for a one-day summit on Friday, March 22 in Toronto to talk about how their members can advocate for greater fairness for all Canadians.
“We met to reaffirm our resolve that all Canadian workers have the right to share in the benefits of their hard labour,” says Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “The message is that people have to be fairly compensated for their labour and that legislative rights must be protected and enhanced,” Georgetti says. “Fairness is a basic Canadian value. It is a right, not a privilege and we will promote it in every corner of our country.”
CLC report: Corporate Tax Freedom Day is January 30 – Big businesses hoard cash from tax giveaways, not investing in jobs
by Canadian Labour Congress | Jan. 29, 2013
OTTAWA – A research study by the Canadian Labour Congress shows that CEOs in Canada could be dancing in their suites to celebrate Corporate Tax Freedom Day on January 30. Their companies will by then have paid their share of taxes to all levels of government for the entire year.
“Corporate income taxes amounted to only 8.3% of all government revenues in 2011, down from 8.8% in 2010 and from an average of 11% in the 1960s and 70s,” says CLC Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Yussuff. “In return for tax breaks companies are supposed to be investing their windfall to create good jobs in Canada but instead they are hoarding cash and paying fat compensation to their CEOs.”
by Canadian Labour Congress:
The Canadian Labour Congress supports Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, who is on a hunger strike in Ottawa. She is determined not to eat until granted an audience with the Prime Minister to discuss conditions on her reserve and government actions that compromise First Nations communities, land and water. We urge the Prime Minister to meet with Chief Spence.