TFW news: Tim Hortons workers’ complaints to be heard by B.C. Human Rights Tribunal; provinces complaining

A group of temporary foreign workers from the Philippines got the green light from the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal this week to proceed with a complaint over alleged discrimination at a Fernie Tim Hortons.

The current and former employees, represented by the United Steelworkers, make several allegations, including that they were required to rent pricey, substandard housing from the former franchisee Pierre Joseph Pelletier; they were denied overtime pay; given undesirable shifts; and threatened with being booted from the country, according to the tribunal decision.

The employees claim they were discriminated against in both tenancy and employment as far back as 2009 because of their race, colour, ancestry, and place of origin…

Related: Jason Kenney to get an earful from provinces who need low-skilled workers: When Employment Minister Jason Kenney meets with provincial and territorial labour ministers in Charlottetown today he will want to discuss the need for greater harmonization of apprenticeship systems, but his counterparts will try to convince him to scale back recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

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