BURNABY, BC, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Human Rights Commission
has refused to accept a complaint made against the United Steelworkers
in connection to the union's campaign regarding the use of temporary
foreign workers in a mine in northern British Columbia.
The complaint was filed by an employee of HD Mining and was submitted on
company letterhead. It alleged that the union had violated "hate
crimes" provisions of the Human Rights Act in its efforts to publicize
concerns about the temporary foreign worker program.
In rejecting the complaint, the Commission ruled that it does not meet
the threshold test to make a case under section 13 of the Human Rights
Act. The Steelworkers provided the Commission with a submission that
clearly demonstrated the union's campaign is motivated by concerns over
the exploitation of foreign workers and the effect of the temporary
foreign worker program on Canadian workers.
"As the cloud of scandal grows around the use of temporary foreign
workers in this mine, more and more people are speaking out and
demanding their elected officials act in the best interests of Canadian
workers and local communities. This is an important public discussion
about what type of future our country is going to have and it is
shameful that some are trying to shut it down," says Stephen Hunt,
United Steelworkers Director for western Canada.
"Instead of trying to restrict public debate, HD Mining should come
clean with Canadians about its plans which weaken our world-leading
safety standards and drive down prevailing wages and benefits in the
mining industry," Hunt says.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Stephen Hunt, Director, 604-816-2554
Brad West, USW Communications, 604-313-9185