CANADA - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has again come under fire for its criticism of public employee benefits, after the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) called on the group to "rethink its conclusions".
CFIB president Anne Swift hit out at "unjustifiable and unfair" public pensions, but the National Union of Public and General Employees responded by branding the statements as a "mean-spirited and economically illiterate attack on the public sector".
Now CLC has entered the frey, accusing CFIB of "trying to sink middle class prospects".
CLC president Ken Georgetti added: "CLC calls on CFIB to rethink its conclusions on the right of public employees to the pensions they work hard for and contribute into, so in their older years they can enjoy dignity and economic security.
"CFIB's thinking is upside down and their so-called study on pensions identify the wrong problems."
Georgetti concluded Swift's comments "did nothing to benefit CFIB members" and called on all parties involved to work on a strategy that offered decent pension coverage for small to medium employers.
"One [idea] is to demand far better regulation of personal savings accounts like Canadian RRSPs," e suggested. "We should lobby parliament together to regulate our financial services industry better, so hard-working Canadians retain more of their retirement money."
Another would be a voluntary employer/employee supplement to the Canada Pension Plan."
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