Suncor Satisfied With Foreign Workers - By Lynda Harrison, Nickle's Energy Group, Canada
The Philippine workers -- welders, ironworkers and pipe-fitters - at the Firebag onsite camp, about 40 kilometres northeast of Suncor's original oilsands plant, are on one-year visas, with the possibility of a one-year extension.
They were hired by Suncor contractor Flint Energy Services Ltd., by way of the federal government's temporary worker program.
'There's a fairly involved process,' said Brad Bellows, a Suncor spokesman. 'We have to work through a couple of levels of government,' he said in noting 'all of the qualifications of the workers have to be certified as being equivalent to Alberta standards through Alberta Learning. It's a fairly time-consuming process.'
The foreign workers are not unionized but are paid the same prevailing wages as unionized workers, said Bellows.