Two unions are in court to overturn Temporary Foreign Worker Program permits that allow 200 Chinese coal miners to work in northern BC. The labour organizations claim the permits were based on improper and invalid Labour Market Opinions. LMOs are supposed to determine if there are permanent Canadian residents able to fill the jobs offered to foreign workers.
“Now, they want to have full access to the LMOs to see if the company cut corners in order to purposely disqualify Canadians from the jobs so it could use miners from China at a cheaper cost.
“Lawyers representing the government and mining firm don’t want to release the records for privacy concerns and said the unions were on a ‘fishing expedition.’
” ‘There’s fish in the lake,’ said Federal Court Justice Douglas Campbell…”