BURNABY, BC, Jan. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) is
reiterating its demand that Canadian workers be hired for jobs at a
northern British Columbia coal mine, following news that HD Mining is
returning temporary foreign workers it had initially imported from
"We've said from the very beginning that we believe these jobs should go
to Canadian workers," says Stephen Hunt, USW Director for Western
"Over the course of this scandalous decision to utilize temporary
foreign workers, it was demonstrated time and time again that there are
plenty of Canadians who are ready and able to take on this type of
work. In fact, even HD Mining had to admit that it had received
hundreds of applications from Canadians to work in this mine," Hunt
"Now the company has the opportunity to proceed with this mine, but to
do it right, by employing Canadian workers. Our union is proud of our
support for the mining industry and we continue to be ready to assist
the company find the miners needed to operate it."
Hunt says that HD Mining should review the applications it received from
Canadians and extend offers to those workers to fill needed positions.
The company also should properly advertise the job postings, he adds.
The United Steelworkers is the largest mining union in British Columbia
and Canada. The union has mounted a vigorous campaign to ensure
Canadian workers are given the opportunity to work in the mining sector
and that where a shortage of workers exists, foreign workers are
brought to the country as immigrants with a path to citizenship.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Stephen Hunt, Director, 604-816-2554
Brad West, USW Communications, 604-754-1174