How Saskatchewan’s (and likely most foreign workers) are being exploited


tay
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This week, more damning evidence regarding the scandal plagued Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) went public. The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) posted details on Facebook and Twitter showing how a Filipino foreign worker was required to compensate a recruitment agency for an entry level placement in the foodservice industry.




Somebody is getting rich off the backs of the Temporary Foreign Workers, and it isn’t them.


This is a scanned copy of a cheque from a Temporary Foreign Worker drawn on the Bank of the Philippine Islands paid to a recruitment agency in the amount of $217,000 Philippine Pesos. (equivalent at the time to $5,000 US).


This cheque was a down payment from the worker to the recruitment agency for placement in a entry level job (food counter attendant) at a fast food joint in a small Saskatchewan city. The total amount paid by the TFW was $6,000 US, and I have a copy of the receipt for the additional $41,270 Philippine Pesos.


According to Saskatchewan’s Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act (external - login to view), “No immigration consultant, foreign worker recruiter or employer shall, directly or indirectly, charge a fee or expense to a foreign worker for employment”. All costs of recruitment, by law, are the responsibility of employers using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. And while individual recruiters are obligated to hold a valid licence and post a $20,000 financial security in order to provide foreign worker recruiting services to foreign nationals coming to Saskatchewan, there is little certainty that TFWs abroad are aware of such regulations. Nor can it be expected of foreign workers, prior to entering Canada, to know that a list of legitimate agencies is maintained on a government website.




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Documenting the exploitation of Saskatchewan’s foreign workers | rankandfile.ca (external - login to view)
 
taxslave
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You think recruitment agencies work for free?
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

You think recruitment agencies work for free?

The company hiring is who is to pays the recruiters.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

The company hiring is who is to pays the recruiters.

Collecting from both sides is just good business sense. Nobody is holding a gun to their heads forcing them to come here.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Collecting from both sides is just good business sense. Nobody is holding a gun to their heads forcing them to come here.

Some do have guns to their heads and want the f-ck out.
 
taxslave
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The whole program is flawed. Where I work there are lots of TFWs but they are either professionals or have union cards. Which is what the program should be fore. Not cheap labour that Canadian welfare bums should be doing.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

The whole program is flawed. Where I work there are lots of TFWs but they are either professionals or have union cards. Which is what the program should be fore. Not cheap labour that Canadian welfare bums should be doing.

Would you hire a welfare bum?
 
tay
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Would you hire a welfare bum?







Would you work for a Corporate Welfare Bum........?




Typical response.


Rag on those individuals for being on welfare but don't hire them because they are on welfare.











NTFW has set up an interactive map of companies hiring TFWs (external - login to view). They get their raw data from Employment and Social Development Canada - the same federal department under Minister Jason Kenney that runs the Ottawa job bank at top . Companies hiring temporary foreign workers in southern Ontario :










 
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