April 7, 2013
VIDEO: Canada Line Temporary Foreign Workers paid B.C. Human Rights Tribunal settlement
Almost five years after Costa Rican temporary foreign workers (TFW) involved in Canada Line construction won a landmark award from the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, the 36 workers have received cheques for "back pay, expenses and injury to dignity."
At a press conference in Vancouver on April 3, Construction and Specialized Workers’ Union CSWU 1611 business manager Mark Olsen announced that a group of 36 TFWs from Costa Rica, Ecuador and Columbia, who operated the tunnel boring machine during the construction of the Canada Line, had reached a $1.25 million dollar deal with SNCP-SELI Joint Venture.
Olsen took time to speak with the Journal of Commerce and detailed how the workers were paid far less than their European and Canadian counterparts and how the union went about fighting for a fair settlement for the workers.
Construction worker Ignacio Sanchez, the sole Canada Line worker to remain in Canada, also spoke to the Journal about his experiences both during the building of the Canada Line and now that a settlement has been reached.
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Jeff Lyth of the British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance was the final speaker at Bridging the Gap 2013, held recently in Richmond, British Columbia.
In this week's update, we look at some of the stories we'll be covering in the Journal of Commerce for the week of December 2nd, 2013.
Werner Hofstatter, the products and markets advisor for the Canadian Wood Council's Wood Works! BC Program, spoke to the Journal of Commerce at the Wood Solutions Fair, recently held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
In this week's update, we look at some of the stories we'll be covering in the Journal of Commerce for the week of November 25th, 2013.