Important Message from Helmets to Hardhats
What an adventure we are all living since March 14. I would like to thank you for
following the public health guidelines in your province. Although we are confined to
our home, I would like to inform you that Helmets to Hardhats remains in operation
and continues to take your registrations. As soon as the construction industries will
resume we want you to be in the front row for taking advantages of the benefits that
Helmets to Hardhats offers to their members. We are proud to have more than
6,900 registered members and to have placed more than 1,100 members with the
Canadian building trade industry.
We are waiting for you.
Your Helmets to Hardhats’ team.
Letter from Helmets to Hardhats to The National Post
"Skilled labour isn’t cheap, and cheap labour isn’t skilled"
Letters to the Editor
The National Post
365 Bloor St. East, 3rd Floor Toronto, Ontario M4W 3L4
To the Editor:
Re: “Let the markets handle the skilled-trades labour shortage” (Jan. 24) I must take issue with the author’s criticism of the Ontario government’s active promotion of skilled trades apprenticeships for young people. We are indeed facing a shortage of skilled tradespeople, as baby boomers — well trained and well paid — are retiring from industry. Leaving aside Mr Lau’s inapt and cynical comparison of skilled workers to oranges and pears, it seems he would “just...let the markets work,” and have them replaced by unapprenticed, semi-skilled, low-paid workers, in another example of the “race to the bottom” in both skills and wages. My organization assists armed forces veterans in transitioning into the skilled trades. We have no intention of sending these people into inadequately trained jobs where they can be exploited by employers favouring cheap labour over fully qualified workers. Our veterans deserve a better future, and so do our youth. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton should be applauded for encouraging young people to enter the skilled trades through proper apprenticeships. Engaging skilled workers in industry requires regulation, certification, intensive training, and licensing. It requires a tripartite partnership of government, organized labour, and industry, for the sake of safety, quality, and fair compensation. Reaching out to youth, who may otherwise be unfamiliar with apprenticeship opportunities — and the “fruit”-ful jobs they promise — is a good move by this government. Skilled labour isn’t cheap, and cheap labour isn’t skilled.
Joseph Maloney, M.S.C.
National Executive Director,
Helmets to Hardhats Canada
Pdf letter available here
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