Foreign wage rates irk Manitoba unions
CBC News Posted: Apr 27, 2012 3:26 PM CT Last Updated: Apr 27, 2012 4:03 PM CT
Labour unions in Manitoba are upset with new federal rules allowing companies to pay temporary foreign workers less than rates set for local workers.
Under the rules, employers can pay skilled workers from outside the country as much as 15 per cent less than the wages paid locally.
The Manitoba Federation of Labour said that will put pressure on workers in the province to accept lower wages.
Kevin Rebeck heads the Manitoba Federation of Labour.
“Either the workers who are doing the jobs here accept less or they’re given the threat that well we can bring in people from elsewhere, and they’ll take less so you can take less,” Rebeck said.
It is estimated that there are about 3,700 temporary foreign workers in Manitoba.read more