Friday, March 24, 2023

Children in the labor market: it is “urgent to act”, according to the PLQ

The Quebec Liberal Party is demanding that the Government table a legal bill as soon as possible to define the work of young people aged 14 and under.

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“There has been an unfortunate number of unfortunate events in recent years. Additional regulation is urgently needed,” said the opposition’s official Labor and Employment spokesperson, Madwa-Nika Cadet.

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According to member Bourrassa-Sauvé, the government took too long to put the panel in motion.

My colleagues took several steps last term, he explains. Many had meetings with Mr. Boulet and even sent letters to him to move quickly. »

New data on the increase in the number of work accidents among employees under the age of 16 show that there is a need for action. According to the CNESST, the number of accidents will increase by 155% between 2017 and 2021 in Quebec.

Madwa-Nika Cadet is relieved that the minister does not see teenagers as a solution to the labor shortage.

However, he regrets that the Coalition lacked a vision for Quebec’s future and that this is what caused the huge influx of workers under 14 years of age.

“We have seen the problem for years, especially because of the aging population. There has been a major negligence by the government and we are currently faced with a situation where young people are simply engaged in academic activities to supplement this task.”

According to the PLQ, solving the labor crisis “goes through permanent immigration and the addition of measures to keep skilled workers in the market”.

In an interview with the Journal in recent days, Jean Boulet said that we should rather advocate the contribution of elders, temporary foreigners or workers from the First Nation who live with disabilities or even robotization.

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“We recognize that we must invest in robotization, but it is a long-term measure that requires a lot of investment. At this time, companies are short of equipment and we have to find a way to fill the shortage of products in Quebec,” continues Ms. Cadet.

One thing is for sure, the youth work bill is “anticipated” by the official. The labor critic has very specific requests that he wants to find in the proposal of the Minister of Labor.

“We want a minimum working age to be established and working hours to be limited to 17 per week, as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Labor and Manpower (CCTM)”, concludes – She.

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