Canadian Labour Comment
Periodical profile published 1979
Publisher: Canadian Labour Congress, Ottawa, Canada
Year Published: 1979
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX934
The Canadian Labour Comment is a bilingual newsletter which includes reports on various labour issues in Canada.
Abstract: The Canadian Labour Comment is a bilingual newsletter which includes reports on various labour issues in Canada. Included in this issue are both national and provincial issues.
Two national issues included are the statements by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions on the Chilean and Nicaraguan dictatorships. The Confederation urges a boycott of these countries as one means of applying pressure in an attempt to destroy the present regimes. The second statement is by the Canadian Labour Congress, and is in response to the government's inactivity in relation to Canadian shipping. The shipping industry presently relies heavily on foreign ships.
Provincially, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, among others, are represented. The United Steelworkers and the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour reacted to a government study on the effects of dust in potash mines. The major concern of these two groups is the health of the workers which does not appear to be the concern of the study, for two reasons. The length of time it took to conclude the study, namely three years, ignored the lives of those who worked in the dust during this time; it ignores the effects of diesel fumes from the machinery on the workers. The issue in New Brunswick, as stated by the New Brunswick Federation of Labour is the high unemployment in the province. The Federation calls on the provincial government to work positively for full employment through meaningful personal income tax reductions and development of a comprehensive industrial strategy.