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Old 10-11-2012, 08:48 AM   #51
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These are the facts.

Companies don't save money by bringing foreign nationals in. Period. It's federal law that dictates you have to pay them the going wage. This isn't Dubai.

Secondly, there is a labour shortage.

How many of you read and hear about the wages and salaries up North and actually are willing to sacrifice and take the leap of faith to go try it for a few years? Be introspective. You've read the articles, you might know people who have done it, but how many of you are just too content to go outside your comfort zones for an opportunity? How many of you are willing to sacrifice your so called work-life balance?

During occupy Vancouver, the mayor of a small town in BC (Dawson Creek) came down and offered jobs to the protesters, as long as they were willing to relocate they would be paid 50-80K/year even with no post secondary or trades education. How many people took him up on his offer? Zero.

You can't have it both ways, this thread is full of hypocrisy and scape goating. You can complain about these opportunities being given to foreign nationals (not just Chinese btw, the Americans have been allowed to do this forever, but we're ok with the US stealing "our jobs"), or you can get off your asses and go make money that would allow you to retire at 40.

Like I said earlier, we're fortunate enough to live in what is one of the strongest economies in the WORLD right now. You can choose to be a part of it, or whine and protest against it.
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two of those three have products in their lineup made overseas or are comprised of components made over seas.
For those of you that think products and services made over seas are only done to line the pockets of the corporations doing so and not passing at least some of the savings on to you look no further than car audio.
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These are the facts.

Companies don't save money by bringing foreign nationals in. Period. It's federal law that dictates you have to pay them the going wage. This isn't Dubai.

Secondly, there is a labour shortage.

How many of you read and hear about the wages and salaries up North and actually are willing to sacrifice and take the leap of faith to go try it for a few years? Be introspective. You've read the articles, you might know people who have done it, but how many of you are just too content to go outside your comfort zones for an opportunity? How many of you are willing to sacrifice your so called work-life balance?

During occupy Vancouver, the mayor of a small town in BC (Dawson Creek) came down and offered jobs to the protesters, as long as they were willing to relocate they would be paid 50-80K/year even with no post secondary or trades education. How many people took him up on his offer? Zero.

You can't have it both ways, this thread is full of hypocrisy and scape goating. You can complain about these opportunities being given to foreign nationals (not just Chinese btw, the Americans have been allowed to do this forever, but we're ok with the US stealing "our jobs"), or you can get off your asses and go make money that would allow you to retire at 40.

Like I said earlier, we're fortunate enough to live in what is one of the strongest economies in the WORLD right now. You can choose to be a part of it, or whine and protest against it.

In this case, the companies in question are saving money by using foreign workers. With a $1.4 billion investment coming from China, companies aren't going to sit around twiddling their thumbs waiting for enough local workers; they'll be losing on that investment if they do. Otherwise, what's the big rush?

And of course there's going to be a shortage. Our Premier only recently announced the opening of eight new mines and the expansion of an existing nine by 2015. Pretty damn significant if you ask me.

This begs the question: what have our governments done to address this and like worker shortages? No, the TFWP isn't acceptable, I want local workers.
HD Mining is requiring a minimum of 3 years' experience for every one of their open positions. If we want to attract people to work in mining, we have to help them get those three years under their belt. If the proposal is to have them work under the arriving skilled Chinese and learn and gain experience that way, I'm concerned.

Mining companies will have to invest in the young and small workforce if we are to have Canadian miners working the mines for coming decades. But that costs money, money that the companies can save whilst they solicit the federal government to allow them to bring over foreign workers.
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the oil sands up north have a huge camp of chinese nationals?
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Fuck. I'll go to Dawsons Creek. I'll go to Armpit, Alberta. Just tell me where these jobs are.
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Ad for Mandarin-speaking miners draws fire

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- The Chinese mining companies recently won federal approval to bring hundreds of temporary foreign workers into B.C., arguing not enough Canadian workers possess the skills to do the work. In their help wanted ads for canadians:

- they list Mandarin as a language requirement in their help-wanted ads, thus eliminating 98% of the canadian population that cant speak mandarin.






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If i knew how to mine, I would sign up...

having mandarin as a requirement is BS...
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White people are typically lazy but entertaining
Chinese people are industrious and somewhat boring

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I was listening to this on cbc radio one the other day. Apparently the chinese workers will get paid the same as canadian workers and will have the same training. The main factor is that not a lot of canadians have the type of training to work in an underground coal mine. I personally think this is because of our lack of youth taking trades courses. More and more teenagers these days seem to take trades courses as a last resort or as a failure course. I really wish the government of canada promoted trades courses a lot better then they currently do. Possibly giving a highly reduced tuition cost for select trades that are in high demand, just to give people the motivation to take them.

When I listened to the debate on cbc i couldn't help thinking of some of my art graduate friends and their beliefs as to why post secondary education should be free... Well for one, we don't need more slackers in this world, and for two, the taxes on making secondary schooling free would be astronomical. And a majority of those people would probably fail because it's fuckin free and there's no consequences to their failure in school afterwards... I'm getting off track obviously, sorry. But in the end I think the future generations should seriously consider trades as a more positive career choice then the arts. But if you seriously think you can crack it then please, do your best. But if that shit were free, I wouldn't be able to comprehend how many absent stoners there would be in every class, and how much tax dollars that would never be replenished would be flushed down the drain.
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I don't blame any of us for not wanting to be coal miners... Growing up we heard nothing but horror stories about black lung, mines collapsing, short lives, etc.

At least where I grew up (an area which had been primarily coal mining and logging).
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Who the FUCK wants to work in a fucking COAL MINE???

Fuck off!!!
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But in the end I think the future generations should seriously consider trades as a more positive career choice then the arts.

I would not be shocked if in 30 years, nearly all labour jobs are replaced by robots. No shit.
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I don't blame any of us for not wanting to be coal miners... Growing up we heard nothing but horror stories about black lung, mines collapsing, short lives, etc.

At least where I grew up (an area which had been primarily coal mining and logging).
There's definitely a stigma attached with working in coal mines, even in North American ones. I'm sure things are a hell of a lot better now, but I just can't see myself working in one. If someone else wants to do it, all the power to them. I'd be far more inclined to work as a rig pig up north than a mine, however.
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I can't help but think that this isn't so much christie clark but the other donks that have left her party.

Seriously I found it odd that the party is falling apart like they are all running from something.
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Who the FUCK wants to work in a fucking COAL MINE???

Fuck off!!!
My grandfather worked in a coal mine when he moved to B.C.
Hell, the country my father is from is synonymous with coal mining.


I don't agree with coal energy and think its dirty as fuck, but that coal is gonna get mined anyway and it doesn't mean I shouldn't cash in. Unfortunately, I only speak an official Canadian language and that makes me ineligible for this job posting in Canada.
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My grandfather worked in a coal mine when he moved to B.C.
Hell, the country my father is from is synonymous with coal mining.
No disrespect intended, I'm talking about hipsters like me, hehe


Working, a labour job outside of the city, busting your balls in a dangerous space?!?!

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My grandfather worked in a coal mine when he moved to B.C.
Hell, the country my father is from is synonymous with coal mining.


I don't agree with coal energy and think its dirty as fuck, but that coal is gonna get mined anyway and it doesn't mean I shouldn't cash in. Unfortunately, I only speak an official Canadian language and that makes me ineligible for this job posting in Canada.
You don't want to work in a coal mine, nor are you trained to work in one. That's the reason they are saying they're bringing in people from China. And yes you will cash in but not as much as if you did become a coal miner, which you're not going to do right?

Are there any coal miners here who are unemployed because these people are stealing there jobs? Would like to hear your perspective
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These are the facts.

Companies don't save money by bringing foreign nationals in. Period. It's federal law that dictates you have to pay them the going wage. This isn't Dubai.

Secondly, there is a labour shortage.

There is the market wage, and there is minimum wage. Companies by law have to pay at or above the minimum wage. When you increase the supply of workers by importing foreign workers, the market wage rate for this type of work is driven down. So no, they will not be paid the going wage.

There is also strangely, no diversity in hiring. Miners can come from many different countries; yet, all the workers are Chinese. I conjecture that the company will make these workers pay them the equivalent of a "wage rebate" back in China.
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B.C. mine to hire only Chinese temporary workers for years

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The B.C. Federation of Labour says documents show it will be 14 years before Canadians replace all the temporary foreign workers from China hired to work at an underground coal mine in northern B.C.

Two unions are in court challenging more than 200 temporary foreign worker permits obtained by HD Mining for its Murray River underground coal mine near Tumbler Ridge, B.C. The employer says there were no qualified Canadians to do the specialized work at the underground mine.

Documents tendered in the case include HD Mining's previously unreleased transition plan, which outlines how the company won't start hiring Canadian miners for more than four years and plans to continue using temporary foreign workers for the next 14 years.

"What the document says categorically is it will be 4 years before a single Canadian will be working underground at the mine," said B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair.

"After 4 years, it will be 10 years before it will be a majority of Canadians working underground, and it will be 15 years before the temporary foreign workers are finished working in that mine."

The plan says temporary foreign workers will be used for 30 months of construction and then for two more years as they set up a training school and start recruiting and training Canadians.

HD Mining says it will take 10 years to transition work to Canadians, but documents show it will take more than four years for that process to begin. (iStock)
After that, the plan indicates it will take another decade to shift the work to Canadians at a rate of 10 per cent of the mine's workforce per year.

The company has already said it will take 10 years to transition work to Canadians, but it has not said it will take more than four years for that process to begin.

The International Union of Operating Engineers and the Construction and Specialized Workers Union are in Federal Court this week asking for an injunction to stop more foreign workers from arriving until the unions' larger challenge against the permits is heard.
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Where can I apply for these mines? I'm interested.

Seriously I want to work as a labourer in a mine, or in oil.

Can someone who works these industries send me a pm?

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Fuck off!!!
I know this is meant somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but this IS a part of the problem. I listen to a lot of talk radio while driving around for work, and over the last few months, I've heard a lot of calls from managers and industry organizers in mining, drilling, and other such resource sectors, all stating pretty much the same thing: that they HAVE posted jobs for local workers, they ARE union jobs requiring them to pay union scale... and they can't get Canadians who want to do the work for what's being offered.
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Where can I apply for these mines? I'm interested.

Seriously I want to work as a labourer in a mine, or in oil.

Can someone who works these industries send me a pm?

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