The federal government promised a national pharmacare program in the last election, but so far it has failed to materialize. In 2016 Canadians spent $30 billion on medicaments but some have to choose between their medicine and the rent. The Canadian Labour Congress is calling for a national pharmacare programme.
Also on RadioLabour for February 1 - 7, 2019:
* The B.C Government and Seervice Employees Union is demanding a public inquiry into the opioid crisis which is killing thousands and money laundering in real estate which is driving people out of the housing market.
* The International Trade Union Confederation told the billionaires at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the rules for the global economic order must change to include a Revitalised Social Contract and a Universal Labour Guarantee.
* The LabourStart Report about union events in Canada and around the world.
* Rappin' "Solidarity". The song in the video which won the 2018 CLC One Minute Video Message. Performed by Luc Roderique and written by Luc Roderique and Michale Rouse. Used by permission.
RadioLabour is the international labour movement's radio service. It was established nine years ago to report on union issues and events with an emphasis on developing countries. It is now producing country-specific programmes starting with Canada. Its primary reporters are members of The Canadian Freelance Union, a community chapter of UNIFOR. Its host is Marc Bélanger, a former head of the labour education programme of the International Labour Organization in Turin Italy. RadioLabour's reporters are accredited by the International Federation of Journalists.
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