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Manitoba premier outlines priorities for new labour minister, including call to make it easier to join unions

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October 31, 2023
By Talent Canada

Malaya Marcelino, Manitoba's Minister of Labour and Immigration.

New Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew has outlined his government’s priorities for the new Minister of Labour and Immigration and the Minister responsible for the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Malaya Marcelino was tapped as Minister, and the mandate letter points out that “Manitobans told us it was time for change.”

“As the Minister of Labour and Immigration, it is your goal to ensure that Manitoba workers receive a fair wage and are treated with dignity and respect so that every Manitoban can feel proud of putting in their hard days work,” Kinew said in the letter. “You are also responsible for ensuring that new Canadians who come to our province have the support they need to find meaningful work in the careers they trained for and build a good life here in Manitoba.”

Kinew outlined the immediate priorities for Marcelino in her new role:

  • Protect workers jobs and always stand up for the rights of working people.
  • Make it easier for Manitobans to join a union and get a good job that pays the bills.
  • Restore the Minister’s Advisory Council on Workplace Health and Safety.
  • Work with the department of Advanced Education and Training to improve the recognition of International credentials starting in health care.

Other key commitments include:

  • Work with the Federal government to increase the number of immigrants who come to and also stay in Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee program with a focus on family reunification.
  • Improve workplace safety by hiring more workplace health and safety officers.

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