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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