Hiring of Chinese miners in B.C. sends unions to court – Petti Fong (Toronto Star – November 6, 2012)

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VANCOUVER—The hiring of about 200 Chinese miners to work in northern British Columbia has raised concerns with Ottawa as unions went to court Monday seeking to overturn the decision to allow the foreign workers into Canada.

The workers, some of whom are already at the mine near Tumbler Ridge, B.C., were allowed in after getting approval from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

The miners will be employed at HD Mining International Ltd’s Murray River coal mine extracting bulk samples.

“Canadians must always have the first crack at job opportunities,” said Alyson Queen, spokeswoman for Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley. “As we have indicated previously, we are concerned with the process that led to this decision.”

Queen said in a statement to the Toronto Star that the ministry is looking into the case to ensure that appropriate rules were followed but cannot comment further on matters because the issue is now in the courts.

On Monday, two unions under the B.C. Building Trades union filed a judicial review in federal court of Ottawa’s decision to allow in the Chinese workers.

Lee Loftus, business manager for B.C. Building Trades said Monday that the survey work and sampling work being done by the Chinese workers already employed at the site could be done by dozens of other qualified union members in B.C.

The application was filed by the Construction and Specialized Workers Union, Local 1611 and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 115.

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One Response to Hiring of Chinese miners in B.C. sends unions to court – Petti Fong (Toronto Star – November 6, 2012)

  1. Diem Lafortune December 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Re Chinese labour needed at B.C. mine, court hears – Petti Fong. Toronto Star, Thursday December 13, 2012 – How disengenuine can this government and the big corporations be? This is nothing but attacks on unions and stirring the xenophobic pot! If these Chinese workers have these special skills that Canadians don’t have they should be getting paid $10.00 more an hour not $10.00 less an hour. I deduce from the claim that the workers are a necessary condition for the orperation of the mine – no Chinese workers no money – this is pitting non-union workers, immigrants and uinonised workers against each other. I get so sick and tired hearing about wedge issues. These greedy myopic governments and multi-nats create issues that aren’t there in order to drive a wedge between people. Let’s get an analysis – the contradiction in the argument is right there in their own words!!!