USW Western Canada Director Steve Hunt urged rejection of Dehau International Mines Inc.’s plan to bring 400 coal miners from China to operate its Gething Coal Project near Hudson’s Hope, BC.
“There are so many things wrong with this that it’s hard to know where to begin,” said Hunt. “In less than five years Canada has lost 250,000 manufacturing jobs. Can’t we train any of those workers to mine coal? There is a skilled worker shortage and, at the same time, thousands of skilled workers have lost their jobs. Workers from declining sectors should be trained to do the emerging jobs. As well, government should be working with First Nations on employment opportunities.”
Hunt said BC does have an underground coal mine, the Quinsam mine near Campbell River.
“I’m willing to ask USW members there to train underground miners.”