Stringent Labour Laws May Benefit Foreign Workers
The government of Canada is soon going to introduce stringent laws which will deal strictly with those employers who tend to exploit workers coming from abroad by making them over work in pathetic work-ing conditions, with a meager salary.
Mr. Jason Kenney, the immigration minister pin pointed that new rules which will be specified by the end of March and they would be for the welfare of foreign workers
and would prevent employers to go against the labor laws. Employers who abuse the system, a small minority, are ineligible to use it," he said in an interview.
But Kenney says the government has no intention of turning off the tap on the tens of thousands of workers who arrive from abroad to fill jobs in Canada, despite rising unemployment.
"We do anticipate there will be a reduction in applications for temporary workers and work permits because of the downturn ... but there continues to be acute labour shortages in certain regions and industries so the program will be useful to those employers," he said.
Just last week, Kenney said he and Human Resources Minister Diane Finley met with representatives from the food and restaurant industry who pressed for more foreign help.
"They're still desperately crying out for more temporary foreign workers because they say they advertise for line cooks, for waiters and are unable to get people in Canada," Kenney said.
But opposition politicians are concerned the temporary foreign worker program robs Canadians of jobs, and that foreign workers are being exploited and abused.
In an interview, the immigration minister also pointed out that the welfare of such workers will be his foremost priority.
The minister also talked about the less number of workers required in many fields due to the down turn. He anticipated a less number of applications too but Mr. Kenney pointed out that amazingly the food chain and restaurants had no sign of this growing recession problem. They in fact needed more foreign assistants and are on the look out for skillful people like waiters, cooks etc. the minister assured that till date the government had no intention of reducing the number of workers who reach Canada aspiring for jobs despite unemployment and despite the opposition claiming that the foreigners rob Canadians of their jobs.
But still proper regulations are laid out and enforced the authorities in Ottawa cannot take any legal action against the employer who are found guilty of making their employees work in bad working conditions or low salary.