Government of Canada Empowers Workers Through Union-Led Advisory Table

  • TDS News
  • Canada
  • December 5, 2023

The Government of Canada has announced the establishment of the Union-Led Advisory Table led by Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, comprising 15 distinguished labour leaders from various sectors nationwide. This initiative is stated as the government’s commitment to inclusive decision-making. It addresses the challenges of evolving economic landscapes, such as the transition to clean energy, housing shortages, and climate change.

Minister of Labour Seamus O’Regan Jr. and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages Randy Boissonnault believed that workers deserve a seat at the decision-making table and should lead discussions on crucial matters that affect their livelihoods. The narrative aligns with the government’s recognition that every major challenge and opportunity, from automation to the changing labour market, fundamentally revolves around the well-being of workers.

The group will provide recommendations to the government on pressing issues faced by workers today, focusing on the impact of automation and ongoing economic transitions. These recommendations will address how best to support skilled, mid-career workers in at-risk sectors and jobs. By engaging with stakeholders and subject matter experts, the team aims to formulate comprehensive suggestions that reflect the diverse perspectives within Canada’s workforce and workplaces. The ministers expressed confidence that involving workers in decision-making is essential for finding innovative solutions to the nation’s significant challenges.

The expected work will be completed by 2024, with findings shared with the ministers shortly thereafter. This collaborative effort ensures the recommendations are well-informed, encompassing various perspectives and experiences. The involvement of labour leaders from diverse sectors enhances the table’s ability to address the multifaceted issues affecting workers across the country comprehensively.