Three years after losing their jobs, laid off autoworkers continue to struggle financially and personally, a new CAW report says.
The second round of findings in the CAW’s three-year study of laid-off auto workers, found that 55 per cent of the 260 workers surveyed, have been forced to ask family and friends for financial help to pay their bills.
The Worker Adjustment Tracking Study — a joint effort with McMaster University in Hamilton – also found that reliance on temporary employment agency work has risen over the study period, with about 30 per cent of all workers reporting temporary employment.
Of those surveyed, 63 per cent said they were worried about paying their bills; 40 per cent had difficulty meeting debt obligations and nearly half said they had done without something they needed in order to pay their rent or mortgage.
“Many workers, including those currently employed, report a financial debt legacy associated with their layoffs that continues,” the report said.
“This includes ongoing repayment of loans from family and friends, credit card debt, depleted savings and retirement funds, and financial losses associated with the sale of family assets such as homes and vehicles.”…