What a great idea. As I was perusing the letters pages of The Star today I came across this bright little light bulb:
With a half million more unemployed in Canada since the beginning of 2009, it's time government took an interest in creating legislation that encourages, supports and rewards companies for employing Canadians in full-time positions and penalizes those that don't, no matter where they are headquartered.
For example, company's off-shoring jobs or seeking out only foreign suppliers should not be eligible to bid on municipal, provincial or federal contracts. Likewise, tax breaks, grants, forgivable loans and other forms of business support should be contingent on hiring Canadians working in Canada - full time.
When I looked to see what erudite individual could have made this far-too-sensible suggestion, I was unsurprised to find it was Richard Wright, who has appeared on the pages of RTH.
My Wright goes on to ably explain the strife behind the suggestion:
Employers today would rather hire three part-timers than one full-time employee to avoid paying benefits or create any obligation to the employee. The result is that part-time workers cannot secure a living wage without multiple jobs and all the traveling and family disruption this entails.
They also generally have few or no benefits, little security and virtually no access to credit. The toll this takes on families trying to raise children has been well documented by government and NGO organizations, but with little action from government to rectify it.
We have a world of problems. It's nice when someone takes the time to put forward a solution. Now - who's going to implement it?!
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