Cuts to employment insurance
The Harper government has recently considerably reduced employment insurance (EI) benefits, and changed the rules in order to force people searching for a job to accept a lower salary than what they were previously paid or risk losing their EI. The eligibility criteria have changed, making the program less accessible; on top of all this, turning down a job offer will now cause benefits to be cut, even if the refusal is due to leaving the region or becoming pregnant.
This obligation to work has a dragging effect: salaries drop, and working conditions deteriorate. These measures do not save people from poverty: they trap them in it, all this to please large corporations.
What we want to do is make sure that the McDonald’s of the world aren’t having to bring in temporary foreign workers to do jobs that Canadians who are on EI have the skills to do
–Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development (CPC)