1. Is a progressive lay-off taking place in the Canadian National Railways shops in Winnipeg?
2. If so, how many men have been laid off by months since May 1, 1957?
3. Was there an undertaking by the government that a works program would be instituted by the Canadian National Railways to protect those threatened by unemployment?
4. If so, what is the present situation regarding this program?
Answer by: Mr. MacDonald, Parliamentary
Assistant, for the Minister of Transport:
1. In a statement made in the house on behalf of the Canadian National Railways on November 4, 1957, at page 704 of Hansard in reply to questions by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre and other hon. members, the management dealt fully with the matter of adjustments in the number of employees on the system as a whole, and this statement is explanatory of the situation at Winnipeg.
2. The average level of employment in the Winnipeg area from May to September was
3. The government undertook to finance the cost of a special program of car repairs and other shop work as outlined in a press announcement issued from Ottawa by the Minister of Transport under date of July 12, 1957. The announcement also indicated that the Canadian National management would open conversations with union leaders to explore the adjustments in the existing seniority rules of the working groups affected which would be required to make the special program effective.
4. Under date of August 26, 1957, the following press release was issued in Montreal: "The special work program aimed at minimizing the effect of lay-offs in C.N.R. shops, and announced by the Minister of Transport on July 12, has not been put into effect, the railway said today. A company statement explained: Following discussions with representatives of the unions it was found that transfers of workers between shop groups could not be provided for under the seniority rules that are part of the wage agreements".
Topic: ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
Subtopic: C.N.R. LAY-OFFS, WINNIPEG