NDP criticizes BC Hydro’s track on temporary foreign worker data

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Project opposition is forecast to continue regardless of the outcome of this week’s Provincial Supreme Court, Site C dam injunction hearing.That opposition has brought together organized labor, opposition politicians, Peace Valley landowners, environmentalists, and First Nations leaders, like Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs — among those supporting the eight Rocky Mountain Fort protest court case defendants.- Advertisement -BC Hydro is seeking an injunction to remove the tent camp protesters allegedly interfering with Hydro construction work on the project, which is now making news again on another opposition front.The Globe and Mail reports the New Democrats critic for the Crown Corporation has again raised the issue of the using temporary foreign workers on the project.Adrian Dix is arguing BC Hydro doesn’t know and doesn’t want to know what its contractors are doing.The Globe reports in response to a Freedom of Information request, Hydro told Mr. Dix that it doesn’t collect data about the number of temporary workers its’ contractors hire.Advertisement The former NDP leader calls that a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy and adds, “They’ve made a policy decision that allows for temporary foreign workers on this project in a substantial way, and they’re fine with that — except when they have to talk to the public about it.”The Globe also says Energy Minister Bill Bennett again stated this week he has been assured temporary foreign workers are not among the hundreds of employees on the dam construction site.However, it again notes Hydro did initiate work last summer on the largest public infrastructure project in B.C. history with an open, or merit shop labor model, so union membership is not a hiring condition for the project workers; and to date that has frozen out contractors affiliated with building trade unions.last_img read more