Heeding the Times from Harry Antonides' Desk

Manufacturing

January 1, 1986 -

Donald J. Daly, a professor of economics at York University, claims that Canada's unit labour costs in manufacturing are the highest among the nine major industrial countries and a main cause is low productivity, i.e., low output in relation to the amount of labour, capital and other inputs used in production. This has depreciated the Canadian dollar and caused chronic unemployment. According to Daly, the solution lies in increased specialization and the implementation of new technology, changes for which the co-operation of labour unions is essential. (Globe and Mail, November 27, 1985)