Stop Temporary Foreign Workers

Discussion in 'Canadian Truckers Forum' started by Runawayscreaming, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. BoomTruckin

    BoomTruckin Light Load Member

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    Shut the entire program down (except for agricultural use) until a full audit from the Auditor General of Canada has a chance to really study what the program has done for Canada thus far.

    Only then will the facts truly be heard about our REAL labour market shortage, or lack therof.
     
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  3. Raamman

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    shut it all down...except agricultural ? really ? it's bad for everyone butt, we'll keep the slaves, er, serfs on the farm. a selective sense of compassion mascarading as self-interest. why ? you think your skill driving a rig, backing is so so much superior to some poor fellow who grew up in a desert and only saw a car when the local commander drove one through the villiage - and now, a year or two here, is running crap twice as old as yours working twice as hard to make half the money...he can go work on the farm

    there is such a thing as the golden rule- why do you feel the need to squeeze these folks who are struggling having taken unimaginable risks and losses to get here- that they can endure a hardship so you can live a little easier without having to compete against them ? do you want to squeeze them into choosing a life of crime ? it is going to come back on you- you know.

    north america is a very very rich land- we constantly import manufactured goods from other nations because we cannot afford to pay proper wages to ourselves, we rather use the cheap slave labor other countries provide.

    henry fords genius was that he paid his employees well enough that they could afford to buy his car. poor folk cannot buy anything. they have to steal to survive. the big picture is this: you and I are tiny little guppies in a very big pond- you might think you are important, that you matter but we do not. if you feel it is ok to squeeze and marginalize others then you had better be prepared when your turn comes.

    bring in the foriegn workers to do what they choose to do- but ensure their pay is no less; that they are protected from payback schemes and clawbacks- that they are entitled to the same health and safety benefits we all are including access to medical services as required. lets stop these insane $10 million per annum "compensation packages" to bank presidents and ceos who really do nothing but play golf and try to look important- and start putting that $10 million to the folk who actually earn it- so we can all live a little better. Lets start looking out for our neighbour, instead of just ourselves- for a change
     
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  4. abtrucker

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    Well look out! There is going to be a tsunami of qualified Canadian burger flippers running back to the restaurant industry that had ONLY left because of the low wages. Now that the TFW program is shut down it should only be a matter of DAYS until we see the wages at these places skyrocket!
     
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  5. BoomTruckin

    BoomTruckin Light Load Member

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    Yes, except agricultural workers. Canada has been using migrant workers since before I was born. You fail to see what the program is intended for, temporary workers. Its not a loophole for immigration, although your rant suggests they are one in the same. They are not.
     
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  6. Runawayscreaming

    Runawayscreaming Medium Load Member

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    Actually, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program was intended to allow a few (a very few) people into Canada on a temporary basis, whose skills did not exist in Canada. Those people tended to be IT consultants, engineers, technical experts and so on from the US offices of corporations with branch plants in Canada. After their jobs were finished in Canada they went home. They never had any intention of migrating to Canada.

    In 2006 Stephen Harper, in a dictate from the Prime Minister's Office, completely changed the purpose of the Temporary Worker Program. Harper changed the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to allow foreign workers into every sector of the Canadian economy regardless of their skills (or complete lack thereof), from government to IT to airline pilots to truck drivers to fast food slaves. The numbers of Temporary Foreign Workers have ballooned since 2006. Tim Horton's has a recruiting office in Manila. Stephen Harper is well-aware of exactly what is going on in fast food, in IT and trucking. His intent is to drive down wages and keep unemployment rates high at the request of "business leaders" such as the CEO of McDonalds and the CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, David Bradley.
     
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  7. abtrucker

    abtrucker Light Load Member

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    Don't let the facts get in your way..... Can't wait to see the unemployment numbers drop and the wages increase now that this program has been suspended for the restaurant industry. What other FACTS are you going to fabricate when this does not happen?
     
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  8. Raamman

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    that's quite a prediction....ha ! yes, mr truck driver, how is mcdonalds and tims going to sell stuff when they dont have the staff to make the product hmmmmm ? maybe, you reckon you'll just pull up and buy a card that promises you a coffee sometime in the future after it's made, of couse, you dont mind waiting for service- just that "ready quick" is the cornerstone of their success.

    it looks like the free market economy prevailing to me- pay folks well enough to entice them, treat them well enough to keep them- isnt that the gist of thread after thread right here ? but you want to undermine that by allowing "exceptions" so big business can circumvent ( that means, go around ) the principal because you realize you in your shiny red truck cant afford a $6 hamburger, or a $3 coffee...so, instead of having the big balls to go with the big red truck to tell the big fat boss to give you a big fat raise because you're feeling a bit squeezed- you find it easier to tell the little dark skinned guy, who lost half his family to war the other half to famine and disease to go pound sand, while he brings your coffee for 50 cents an hour...what a big man you really are
     
  9. Raamman

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  10. Runawayscreaming

    Runawayscreaming Medium Load Member

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    By the Federal Government's own (conservative) figures the number of Temporary Foreign Workers more than doubled between 2007 and 2013. Currently the number of Temporary Foreign Workers exceeds migrants granted permanent residency by 100,000. In other words, Temporary Foreign Workers now exceed immigrants to Canada. In the last two years admissions under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program have accelerated by 20%. Although the changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (to open the floodgates) were made in secret without Parliamentary debate, the results of the program are public information.

    Both the CEO of McDonald's and the CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance sit on the Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Group established by the Harper government.

    Are you actually defending this program?
     
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