Mining has never been a very clean exercise, but the stench emerging from the controversy over importing cheaper Chinese labourers, instead of hiring Canadians to work in BC’s northeast coal mines is getting stronger and stronger.
The United Steel Workers Union has released copies of job postings by the three mining companies involved that said, in addition to being experienced and trained ticketed miners they wanted job applicants to speak Mandarin!
Outrageous! Sure looks to me like the fix was in right from the start … using one of the oldest modus operandi of corrupt governments, companies and bureaucracies when they want to direct to or exclude from any competition any particular group or suppliers: slant the technical specifications in such a way as to prejudice the outcome.
If this is what and how the mining companies operated …that wouldn’t surprise me: when hundreds of millions of dollars are involved, BIG BUSINESS’s tactics will often stink.
The REAL SCANDAL here is that the federal and BC governments have gone along with it!
BC and federal politicians have argued that the Canadian mining companies had come up empty-handed in seeking out “qualified” Canadian job applicants.
No wonder … if the job requirements were manipulated to keep Canadians off the job by requiring Mandarin. To work deep underground in Canadian mines!!!
So much for Canadian job creation; so much for all the millions they spend on ads telling us how they’re creating and protecting Canadian jobs … when it came down to it, by approving and signing permits for the importation of cheaper foreign workers over Canadians, they sold out their own country and province.
Specifying Mandarin as a pre-requisite for basic industrial jobs in this country is a total red herring that everyone knows would exclude most Canadians from qualifying.
If this is allowed to stand, Canadians will be in danger of becoming strangers in our land.
What’s to stop any industry … aviation, manufacturing, construction, forestry, fisheries, oil, especially those that deal/market in the Asia Pacific . … to hire a few Mandarian-speaking Canadian workers and then suddenly announce that, in the interests of crucial communications on the job, ALL future hirings MUST speak Mandarin … opening the door to more wholesale lower-paid “temporary” workers, welcomed by BIG BUSINESS-friendly Christy Clark and happily signed-in with papers approved by Stephen Harper’s government.
Just like this FIRST BATCH of 2,000.
It is economic treason … and should be prosecuted by the Crown.