Workers Needed in BC
Does any Canadian want to work underground in a coal mine for $12/hr?
Apply at Dehua International Mines, Tumbler Ridge BC.
The median starting wage for coal mining in Canada starts at $55,000 per year / $25.00/hr.
Peace River Coal Inc. an operation nearby typically pays its employees 10% over median.
Sherritt International in Alberta pays approx. 12% over median.
Canadian Dehua International Mines Group Inc., a consortium of Chinese companies has put up $1 billion to develop metallurgical coal from B.C.’s northeast. After posting publicly for miners and offering $12 to $15 /hr. and getting no Canadian takers for the jobs, they are now bringing in up to 400 Chinese temp workers at 15% less pay, $10 – $11 /hr. Its hiring policy has the support of Canada’s federal government, which has already approved temporary visas for the Chinese workers, and the provincial government, which sets regulations regarding mine operation and safety.
The Chinese management at Murray River has stated that Canadian miners don’t know longwall mining and preference is given to workers who speak Mandarin.
This is union busting at it’s lowest degree. Not only is the government permitting this atrocity, the Chinese miners will be paying bare minimum income tax on their wages if any at all. The coal that is mined is sold directly to China at a discounted price leaving less royalties paid in Canada and, because of the below market price, most likely a trumped up loss on the books of Dehua International Mines meaning no corporate taxes paid either. It is a lose – lose – lose for Canada.
Just another brilliant example of resource management by the Feds.
Seeing the safety and performance records of Chinese owned companies, can they really be trusted?
Yukon Zinc Corp., another Chinese mining company operation has been closed for safety reasons by the Yukon Government after several deaths over 3 years and a massive cave-in occurring February 2011.
Two imported Chinese workers have already been killed while erecting a storage tank at a Chinese site in the oil sands.