Alberta Immigration Now Even more Ideal for Foreign Workers!
This can be quite comforting for foreign workers coming to Alberta in search of temporary employment options that, regulations in employment standards and workplace safety can soon get stringent and tighten its paws over recruiters who have been violating stipulated labor standards in the province.
Alberta Federation of Labor President Gil McGowan’s comment can be viewed as welcome note, especially for those workers who have been getting exploited by some or other means, in which he has raised serious concern over employers’ failure in matching up the employment standards and adequate safety laws for workers that are followed in Manitoba. His comment clearly indicates the need to check history of recruiters in following these standards and laws and to make ti the deciding factor when permitting them to employ foreign workers.
It would be ideal to know here that Government documents depict a terrible story about recruitment of foreign workers in Alberta which show seventy five percent of the businesses don’t stick to the labor standards and have had instances of tampering the rules. Numerous occasions have come to notice when workers were not paid their committed wages against overtime and even were forced to work on statutory holidays. This biased attitude of recruiters eventually comes under the category of exploitation also for isolating foreign workers from mainstream workers and denying them to enjoy their employment rights.
Manitoba, another important province of Canada, leads in maintaining a worker friendly environment. Further, malpractices such as illegal immigrations and unethical charging of fee from workers who want wish to immigrate and find a job in province, are not entertained there. Rather, this very much calls for a regulation for licensing Alberta’s business owners and recruiters before they get in the role of immigrating consultant. Employer’s labor management history and the licensing would greatly advantage in ensuring that only meticulous recruiters operate and workers enjoy their stint in the province.
However, Mr. Thomas Lukaszuk, the Employment and Immigration Minister, has advocated the need to enhance law under which foreign workers are attracted to come to Alberta and get recruited. He adds that the significance of this can be well understood in light of the fact that nearly 25,000 job seekers immigrated to the province only the previous year. But it looks like a remote affair for the time being, as floor of the house may not be too responsive in passing it.
All these series of events and comments, followed after a Tory parliamentary assistant’s report, look like going in favor of workers’ protection and a warning sign for Alberta employers who have failed to stop corrupt practices in their organizations.