Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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

The Government must introduce a bill as soon as possible to designate the work of young people aged 14 and under, the Liberal Party of Quebec demands.

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“There has been an unfortunate number of unfortunate events in recent years. We need additional help quickly,” said the opposition’s Labor and Employment spokesperson, Madwa-Nika Cadet.

According to member Bourassa-Sauvé, the government took too long before moving the panel.

My colleagues took several steps last term, he explains. They had several meetings with Mr. Boulet and also sent him a letter to move faster.”

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.

Do it until you need it

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 Avenir Québec lacks vision and that this is what has caused the huge influx of workers under 14 years of age.

“We have seen the problem for years, mainly because of the aging population. There has been a major neglect of the government and at the moment we are faced with a situation where young people are simply concerned that this lack of success in academic matters.

No one

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

In an interview with Le Journal these few days, Jean Boulet said that we should rather advocate the contribution of seniors, temporary foreign workers or those 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 weapons and they have to find a way to guarantee the lack of products in Quebec,” continues Ms. He will fall.

Firmly expected

One thing is certain, the bill governing youth work “is expected at a constant level” by the official opposition. The labor critic has very specific requests that he wants to find in the proposal of the Minister of Labor.

“We want to limit the minimum age for training and working hours to 17 per week, as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Labor and Manpower. [CCTM]”, he concludes.

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