TORONTO, May 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers joins the B.C. Federation of Labour in welcoming
the Royal Bank of Canada's (RBC) announcement of a Supplier Code of
Conduct restricting the use of Temporary Foreign Workers and its
commitment to creating Canadian jobs at the bank.
"Public pressure and solid campaigning by the labour movement on the
corporate abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program has led RBC to
make these changes to its supplier code," said Ken Neumann, USW
The RBC Code of Conduct is a step in the right direction, holding the
bank and its suppliers to a commitment not to hire foreign workers to
replace Canadians and not to outsource jobs in pursuit of lower wages.
"This action by RBC should be a strong message to all employers who
exploit temporary foreign workers or try to use the program as a source
of cheap labour," said Stephen Hunt, USW Western Canada Director. "Now
it's time for our federal and provincial governments to abandon their
low-wage strategy and require all corporations to follow suit. We will
continue to press for meaningful reform."
The public was outraged to learn about the RBC whistleblower having his
job outsourced to a supplier and then having to train his
The USW has been in forefront of battling the Harper government on the
issue of temporary workers - helping to expose the HD Mining effort to
bypass qualified Canadians miners in B.C., offering to assist RBC
workers who were being displaced through the program and calling for a
judicial review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
The USW has launched a campaign to "give everyone a chance" - including
Canadians and newly arrived workers from abroad: Give Everyone a
Chance, For Canada's Future. The campaign advocates for economic
development based on good wages, as opposed to the Harper
Conservatives' low-wage economic model.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951
Stephen Hunt, USW Western Canada Director, 604-683-1117, 604-816-2554
Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-6009, 416-434 7907, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, email@example.com