So King Stephen is gutting Employment Insurance. Surprise, surprise. Another slap in the face for maritimers who make their living working at seasonal jobs. Phooey on him! At least we’re a resiliant bunch and I’m quite sure we’ll survive. Let’s face it, we made it through the collapse of the cod fishery, The CN shops closure in Moncton and everything else that’s been tossed at us. We’ll get through this as well. It looks like we have no choice. Repeat users of EI are going to be “forced” to go to work at jobs that pay less than they normally make. It’s pure genius!
For one thing, no one will work at seasonal jobs anymore. Example, if an employee works for six months at a peat moss plant, then gets laid off, they will have no choice but to find another job. No employer is going to hire them if they state on their application that they will be quitting as soon as the Peat Moss Plant re-opens, so they’ll have no choice but to give up their seasonal job. The employees will find year round work in the cities and either commute or move. Problem solved. Or is it?
My concern will be what happens to the employers who own these
businesses that only operate seasonally. Fish canneries, Fishermen, peat moss plants, farms etc. These are just a few that employ thousands of people in the maritime provinces. So what will they do when they aren’t able to hire any locals anymore? Simple, they’ll just import workers from other countries. Oh wait a minute. That’s what the Harper government is complaining about. They think it’s unacceptable that businesses should import foreigners to do jobs in communities where there are people who are collecting EI.
Let me spell this out so you brain-dead feds can understand
something. If jobs at McDonalds and Burger King paid more than minimum wage, you wouldn’t be importing foreign workers. They can afford to come here because they don’t pay property taxes and mortgages. Not to mention ten bucks an hour looks like a fortune compared to the wages they get in their own country. Meanwhile, a person collecting the top EI benefit (that they paid into) can make more than that staying home. Do you need a degree in rocket science to put this together? Who wants to go to work slinging fries for less money than they make collecting EI? No one I can think of.
To sum things up, seasonal businesses will now be hiring foreign workers who will no doubt go back home once the season is over and spend their money there, while the seasonal workers from Canada who’ve been kicked off EI will have to work for a smaller wages and have less disposable income. Great thinking King Stephen! The few bucks you save on EI payments will look like a drop in the bucket once you start bailing out businesses that fail due to lack of skilled help. And how bout the restaurants and bars that’ll close when people can’t afford to go to them? Will you be bailing them out too? Whoever came up with the quote “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” sure doesn’t have anything to do with federal politics.