Foreign workers, mines and mill closure

Kamloops Daily News
December 18, 2012 01:00 AM

So according to the news, the company that is bringing in Chinese foreign workers has launched a lawsuit against the government and the Steelworkers.

Most interesting. And Domtar has reduced their workforce by 125 workers. We have a brewing resentment against the proposed Ajax mine. Seems the solution to some would be to prevent the mine from employing our local people who will now need a job locally to remain here where have family roots.

We now have opened up our natural resources to foreign ownership and the foreign companies are now trying to dictate who will work here.

They will set reduced rates for employment, and it will take roughly 14 years to retrain our own people how to do these jobs.The last I heard, there were only two official languages in our country, so I am perplexed as to why Mandarin is a language required to be employed here.

The government agencies knew in the early part of this century that by the year 2010, North America would be short about 600,000 tradesmen and skilled workers.

Now in 2012 we are being told that we are short one million skilled workers. Our own B.C. government is just now responding to this crisis. What gives?

Or is this the beginning of a new foreign takeover of our country? Are any of our governments, unions or people in general not concerned?

I guess we are too busy protesting new jobs and opportunities saying they are not welcome in our area. Ask the 125 people at Domtar what they think now!



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