is another way that EI is unfair. Most people working in part time jobs
can virtually never qualify for EI. My son was one one such person. He
worked hard and employers liked him, but could not afford to help him
when his tools were stolen or when his vehicle broke down.
There were plenty of other men waiting for a job who were quickly hired
in his place, even though the employer liked him and usually had him
teach a new man. No bank would help properly. There should have been
Eventually when he was over 57-years-old and had already acquired a
variety of skills, he got a line of credit of $150. Big deal!! He died
of chronic kidney disease. He was malnourished because of sporadic low
pay. The food bank was far away and allowed one visit per month. It was
mostly white bread and pasta, anyway.
I am getting terribly weary trying to get across to smug people that
more than half of the adult population are paid by the hour. Their
income is short term off again, on again. It adds up to less than if
they were on welfare, less than minimum wage.
Yes, some give up. They have to. They are not lazy. Without a phone,
even if they have an address, their boss canít inform them where the job
is today. The work is in constantly changing locations. Without
transportation they canít get to work.
A friend who graduated with a university degree, is unemployed though
she has submitted resumes to hundreds of employers. You should see the
hopelessness on her lovely face.
Our government do not understand and donít even try. They deceive
themselves that the Unemployment Rate is 7% or less. What is really
needed is the Underemployment Rate. How many earn only between $5000 and
$20,000 in a year?
If there are children, this is severe poverty. It is poverty also for a
single person in construction work. He cannot keep his car running, pay
for his tools, work boots and hat, rent, utilities and phone,
medications, physiotherapy, dental care and good food on $20,000 per
year, especially if the pay cheques are irregular or seasonal. A large
percentage is deducted.
Forced to share an apartment with others who are down and out, there is
no lock to protect their tools, so they get stolen, and so do their work
boots, helmet and coat, laundry detergent and food.
One employer demanded that my son wear a white uniform that he had to
pay for himself. It soon got splashed with paint.
Canít something be done to reward employers to hire men for full-time
long-term jobs? Just reducing taxes doesnít help. There is no
connection. Think about it. Pray about it. Part time casual jobs are the
ruination of Canada.
Myrtle Macdonald, M.Sc. Applied (in
Nursing Research and Education), McGill University. She is a retired
registered nurse living in Chilliwack and now working with the local
chapter of the BC Schizophrenia Association. She worked as a street
nurse for many years in places like India and Montreal. She turned 93 in
June and is one of the Voice's most popular contributors.
SOURCE Restaurants Canada
New EI tax credit could
TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2014 - Minister Joe Oliver's announcement of reduced
payroll taxes is good news for many restaurateurs, but an arbitrary
cut-off of $15,000 in premium payments means not all will benefit in the
labour-intensive restaurant industry.
In a recent Restaurants Canada survey, seven out of 10 restaurants said
high labour costs are having a negative effect on their businesses.
Restaurants Canada members have consistently identified payroll taxes as
an obstacle to job creation because they are the most regressive form of
taxation on jobs.
Young people under the age of 25 are particularly vulnerable to the
vagaries of high payroll taxes, and are most likely to get passed over
for jobs and suffer an above-average share of job losses.
"The regressive nature of payroll taxes discourages employers from
hiring youth because the tax rate compared to their wages is
disproportionately high," said Joyce Reynolds, Restaurants Canada
Executive Vice President Government Affairs. "A way to make the tax more
progressive and benefit youth job seekers would have been a tax credit
program focused on youth hires."
As a more long-term solution, Restaurants Canada proposes a Year's Basic
Exemption (YBE) in the employment insurance program modelled after the
CPP program's YBE. This model is a cost-effective way to provide
targeted payroll tax relief to the groups most punished by this form of
taxation Ė entry-level workers and labour-intensive businesses.
Restaurants Canada (formerly the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association) is a national association comprising 30,000 businesses in
every segment of the foodservice industry, including restaurants, bars,
caterers, institutions and their suppliers. Through advocacy, research,
and member programs and services, Restaurants Canada is dedicated to
helping its members in every community grow and prosper.
Canada's restaurant industry directly employs more than 1.1 million
Canadians, contributes $68 billion a year to the Canadian economy, and
serves more than 18 million customers every day.
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