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Human Resources committee  Absolutely. I think there's a deterrence gap in Canadian labour standards law and enforcement. I think that there's been a move too far toward incentivizing employers or encouraging them to live up to the basic rights and entitlements of workers in the workplace. I think there h

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Human Resources committee  That's a huge question. I think there need to be greater investments in staffing the inspectorate to support the kind of proactive, robust deterrence-based enforcement that would be important to achieving greater compliance with employment standards. I think working closely wit

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Human Resources committee  I think it would certainly raise the priority and urgency of precarious employment. As I've said, I think it's a far greater problem in this country politically, as well as economically and socially, than many believe. I think it would focus attention in much the same way that th

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Human Resources committee  Yes. I think the federal government needs to invest much more in literacy and essential skills. This is a fundamental deficiency for vulnerable workers in precarious employment. Low-paid workers are often not the workers who receive training in the workplace. It's typically the h

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Human Resources committee  I think you've put your finger on a long-standing problem in Canada, which is the tendency of employers to underinvest in training and developing their existing workforces because of the fear of poaching: that the skills will be poached and some free rider who isn't investing in

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Human Resources committee  It's definitely the case that millennials and youth are particularly vulnerable to the kind of exploitation and extreme insecurity that we see rising around the margins of the labour market in particular. There has been discussion about workers wanting flexibility. I think that m

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Human Resources committee  If I understood you correctly, in particular, what impact could the $15-an-hour minimum wage, the return to a federal minimum wage, have? That's being studied by the expert panel of course. I think there is good evidence to show that a significant number of low-paid workers in

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Human Resources committee  That's a great question. I think there are a lot of unions that are trying to organize workers in precarious employment—vulnerable workers, in particular. You have the United Food and Commercial Workers, which is organizing migrant workers, newcomers to Canada, in meat-packing, g

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Human Resources committee  Thank you very much, Chair. Good morning, committee members. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on this important subject. The Canadian Labour Congress speaks on national issues on behalf of three million unionized workers in Canada. It brings together o

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Finance committee  Specifically with respect to home care, for instance, there are no particular asks that we're bringing forward. We want to see a stronger and sustained federal commitment to spending more broadly on health care and the seniors strategy is an important part of that.

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Finance committee  Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. Good afternoon, committee members. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. I'm here on behalf of the Canadian Labour Congress, Canada's largest labour central, advocating on behalf of three million workers in Canada. I want to s

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  That there is as much space preserved as possible for that kind of political engagement....

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  From the CLC's perspective, there are things to appreciate in the bill. I do think the committee does need to look at and very carefully reflect on the amount of space provided. In terms of the spending limits, the CLC doesn't typically come close to the spending restrictions, b

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  As I understand it, the definition of partisan activity is now regulated, insofar as it promotes or opposes the candidacy or election of a particular party or candidate, but not insofar as it's speaking to an issue with which that party or candidate is associated. There is some a

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I'm talking mainly about third parties in political life.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts