MP Ted Hsu calls on federal government to protect Kingston jobs

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MP Ted Hsu calls on federal government to protect Kingston jobs

December 9, 2014

OTTAWA – Liberal MP Ted Hsu called on the Conservative government to maintain Kingston’s Employment Insurance (EI) processing site in light of today’s announcement of 300 new two-year contracts for employees to address processing backlogs resulting from Conservative budget cuts.

Ted Hsu responded to this announcement, saying,

“By announcing 300 new contracts for EI processing employees, the government is finally acknowledging the seriousness of EI processing delays. The Minister must consider maintaining the processing site in Kingston.”

Kingston’s EI processing centre was slated to close March 31, 2015, at which point all employees would have had to relocate to other centres, relocate to other departments, or retire.

Hsu continued, “I see no reason why the government would force well-trained employees in Kingston to relocate or retrain when they are adding 300 comparable positions. It makes a lot of sense to keep the EI processing centre in Kingston open and even expand it, given this new announcement.”

Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney announced the new hires in response to evidence that complaints regarding EI services have spiked dramatically under this Conservative government. In 2006-07, there were 444 complaints, whereas there were 9,998 in 2013-14.

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