The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is being used as a weapon against truck drivers. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program must be stopped.
While some Canadian transportation employees, such as airline pilots, are fighting back against Temporary Foreign replacement pilots, no one is representing truck drivers. The Federal Government is in the palm of the hands of trucking company owners who have created a big fat lie about a nonexistent "driver shortage" so they can access captive foreign truck drivers to drive down truck drivers wages in Canada. Tens of thousands of Temporary Foreign Workers are replacing Canadian truck drivers. This is not good for trucking and it is not good for Canada.
Short of a general strike of union and non-union truck drivers, what can truck drivers do? We could march en masse with pitchforks and torches to Ottawa and burn down the Parliament buildings. We could write to the Federal Minister in charge of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program:
The Honourable Diane Finley
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Snail-mail to Minister Finley does not require a stamp.
You could cc your e-mail to your local Federal Member of Parliament and your local newspaper as well.
Dear Minister Finley,
Please stop the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. I am a truck driver and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is interfering with my ability to earn a living wage. Truck drivers wages have been falling for 20 years. Truck driver turnover is now unacceptably high because of low wages and abusive trucking company owners. The trucking industry is in a state of anarchy. Rule of Law is largely absent from trucking. Truck drivers are fired without cause and replaced by Temporary Foreign Workers. Constructive dismissal of truck drivers is endemic. Trucking companies often short drivers paycheques. Illegal threats and intimidation of truck drivers by trucking company managers are par for the course. To make matters worse, Canadian truck drivers are de facto exempt from overtime pay legislation and minimum-wage legislation.
Truck drivers have no voice in Parliament. Truck drivers are largely non-union. Parliamentarians are acting on behalf of trucking company owners when trucking company owners request Temporary Foreign Workers. Trucking company owners are the last constituents that Members of Parliament should be taking advice from. Trucking company owners and managers are, by and large, adversarial ne'er-do-wells with no management skills. These liars, thieves, bullies and sociopaths handle every business issue by donning their dunce caps and declaring war on truck drivers. Temporary Foreign Workers are one more weapon that trucking company owners are using to inflict misery upon Canadian truck drivers.
Low wages for truck drivers are a public safety issue. Poverty and despair amongst Canadian truck drivers have associated social costs to Canadian taxpayers. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is not a solution to problems in the trucking industry. It is exacerbating low wages. It is bad for Canada. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is preventing Canadian truck drivers from working in trucking. There are very large numbers of Canadian truck drivers who will never again work in trucking. Cases of trucking companies rejecting qualified Canadian truck driver job applications in favour of less-qualified Temporary Foreign Workers are common. So are cases of trucking companies forcing out Canadian truck drivers so they can hire Temporary Foreign Workers. Without representation in Parliament, the voiceless victims of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are never heard from. Canadian truck drivers are not members of organized labour or professional organizations who speak on their behalf. They are worn-down, tired, abused and demoralized individual Canadian citizens with no energy left to fight the lawless chaos that has been inflicted upon them in their years in the trucking industry.
As a Canadian I am not proud that millions of Canadians are out of work while the Government of Canada has approved the use of a growing number of foreign workers who do not have the legal rights and protections of Canadian citizens. I am disheartened that the rogues gallery of clueless and incompetent trucking company managers have been granted the power to determine whether would-be immigrants in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program should be made Canadian citizens or not.
Exasperated Canadian Truck Driver
Stop Temporary Foreign Workers
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Companies believe that wages need to be little more than minimum wage.
Unless you want to live in a truck for next to nothing you will eventually have to shut down and demand driving be made a trade. No more quick licensing. All licenses will be aquired through community college along with an apprenticeship period with a graduated licensing process.
As long as you can be replaced easily, wages will fall clear across the board regardless of what aspect of the driver spectrum you fall into. No driver will be exempt from having to make concessions.
Time to create a real driver shortage. It will be the only way to hold the line on wages.
Yea...what a ceock that is...we have unemployed people wanting to work whi may be unskilled, so why not get em some education in these fields that they are overreaching for in foreign countries. If you are unemployed and on EI, they will pay for you to a class 1, so why teach em to run heavy equipment or weld stuff...
Gonna be some changes now that it's affecting white collar work.
Also in your letter's please ask for an independent audit of the companies that are using the TFW's ie Syndicate,Day and Ross,TransX etc, to ensure that no Canadian's were displaced.
"The rules are very clear. You cannot displace Canadians to hire people from abroad," said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
But the love I have for my job far outweighs the bad crap. Its because of my love for this job that makes me want to reach out to find a resolution for our group. I wont apologise for being passionate about trucking, but I'll protect what I can to preserve this way of life.
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