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Two-tiered wage system announced by Tories

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Temporary workers, such as those who work in Ontario's farms, can now be paid 15 per cent less than the average wage.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has always vehemently denied bringing cheap foreign labour into Canada. Employers had to pay foreign temporary workers “the prevailing wage,” he pointed out.

That indeed is what the rules said – until Wednesday, when Human Resources Minister Diane Finley quietly changed them. Employers will now be allowed to pay foreign temp workers 15 per cent less than the average wage.

“We are taking action to ensure that the temporary foreign worker program support our economic recovery and effectively responds to local labour market demands,” she said at a manufacturing plant in Nisku, Alta.

Kenney chimed in from Ottawa. “Going forward our government will consider additional measures to strengthen and improve the program,” he promised.

Business leaders, eager to recruit low-cost workers abroad, were delighted. Immigrant support groups, already fighting to protect temporary foreign workers from exploitation, were heartsick. And labour leaders warned that the wage cut would bring down the pay scale for all workers and make it harder for Canadians to compete for jobs in their own country.

Under the new rules, foreign temporary workers will still covered by provincial employment standards, meaning they must be paid the minimum wage. But in booming Alberta, the minimum wage ($9.40) is a far cry from the average wage ($26.03).

Despite her 15-per-cent wage cut, Finley expects the influx of foreign temporary to swell. She’s undoubtedly right. Employers will always be ready to find workers overseas who are eager to come to Canada and willing to work long hours for low pay. And under the Conservatives, boosting economic growth will always eclipse protecting workers’ rights.

Since Prime Minister Stephen Harper assumed power in 2006, the number of foreign temporary workers admitted into Canada has grown by 40 per cent. The temporary worker stream is now larger than the stream of permanent workers intending to set down roots and become citizens.

Foreign temp workers man oil rigs, serve coffee at Tim Hortons, harvest crops and work in fish processing plants.

When Canada introduced its temporary foreign worker program in 2002, the governing Liberals vowed never to adopt the European model route in which “guest workers” are paid less than nationals and treated as second-class residents.

But under Harper, the country is now moving in that direction.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1168905--two-tiered-wage-system-announced-by-tories

I don't get it, did businesses vote for this government or did Canadian citizens? :sadno:

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thats great news! when foriegn workers refuse to come up here and no one in thier right mind will work for that wage the owners go bust thus increasing demand and justifing rate increases while killing many low operations making the world into 1 giant *$*#@W### wallmart

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Where is this money going? From my studies of the Philippines and how their government enforces a % of remittances back to their country, it appears quite a bit of money isn't staying in Canada (and being spent on Canadian products/services), but going elsewhere.

How exactly does spending money outside of Canada benefit Canada? It's the same argument as filling up in Bellingham or shopping in Seattle/Premium Outlets.

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Not good news at all. Wage decreases always hurt the working class. History has shown this OVER AND OVER. Rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.

To prove my point, the US did this, and the gap between poor and rich grew. This is a perfect example of the rich controlling things. I make actual points and state proof why this is bad, you made up a theory that is proven not to be true.

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i've met two ex- temporary foreign workers who fled alberta, work under the table as illegal immigrants from mexico in construction and should have returned home last year....refugees of sorts without tax payer support, this is what the cons are up to. the american way!

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Where is this money going? From my studies of the Philippines and how their government enforces a % of remittances back to their country, it appears quite a bit of money isn't staying in Canada (and being spent on Canadian products/services), but going elsewhere.

How exactly does spending money outside of Canada benefit Canada? It's the same argument as filling up in Bellingham or shopping in Seattle/Premium Outlets.

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I see 2 consequences of this:

1) It will suck for foreign workers obviously, because they will be paid - and treated - as second class citizens.

2) It will suck for domestic workers because suddenly foreign workers will be much cheaper and many companies will preferentially hire them.

So, who does this help? Other than rich business owners?

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Citation? Is there a citation showing that big business is hiring these immigrant workers? Do you really think companies like Ford are putting these guys in their factories and paying them less? The unions are allowing that? Ford wants unskilled labourers?

Just google migrant worker and see what kind of work they are doing. It's small time businesses, that require unskilled labourers, who employ them. People who run relatively small operation in farming, construction, etc.. Have you ever actually worked on a work site? Go to your local berry, chicken, or roofing operation, that's where you'll find the migrant workers.

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You guys do realize that in Canada, it's largely not big corporations that hire migrant workers, it's small time business owners. You might not agree with this on moral grounds, but it does help Canadians:

1) it allows small business owners to find cheap labour; and

2) it minimizes the amount of money being sent out of the country by these labourers.

This has nothing to do with "rich people" or "big corporations."

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Citation? Is there a citation showing that big business is hiring these immigrant workers? Do you really think companies like Ford are putting these guys in their factories and paying them less? The unions are allowing that? Ford wants unskilled labourers?

Just google migrant worker and see what kind of work they are doing. It's small time businesses, that require unskilled labourers, who employ them. People who run relatively small operation in farming, construction, etc.. Have you ever actually worked on a work site? Go to your local berry, chicken, or roofing operation, that's where you'll find the migrant workers.

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