Canada’s unions welcome the federal government’s new advisory table giving a much-needed voice to workers

December 5, 2023

President Bea Bruske: It is crucial that governments listen to workers—they are the engine of our economy

OTTAWA—Canada’s unions are pleased to see the federal government launch a Union-Led Advisory Table to help workers succeed in Canada’s economic future, announced today. 

The Advisory Table will be chaired by Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, and will include 15 labour leaders from across Canada with expertise across sectors. The table will advise the government on pressing issues facing workers and will provide recommendations on how best to support workers affected by economic change. 

“I am proud to chair this advisory table and thank the government for taking this much-needed step,” said Bruske. “Unions have led the way in the face of the ongoing affordability crisis, and we know that to stabilize our economy, we need workers at the table. They are at the heart of Canada’s economy.” 

The union-led advisory table will complement the Sustainable Jobs Partnership Council included in the Sustainable Jobs Act and will not duplicate it. This new initiative will guide conversations on what Canada needs to do to strengthen the workforce and ensure workers find their footing in a changing economy. 

“The workforce is changing rapidly with the environmental transition and the digitalization of work. To achieve a smooth transition, it is crucial for workers to be considered and heard,” said Bruske. “Our economy is shifting, and Canada’s unions are ready to work with the government to ensure no workers are left behind.” 

The Canadian Labour Congress is the largest labour organization in Canada, bringing together dozens of national and international unions, provincial and territorial federations of labour and community-based labour councils to represent more than 3 million workers across the country. 

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