Trent Ernst, Editor
BC Labour Unions have focused on the fact that HD Mining wages are lower than the current wages at other mines in the area. Brian Cochrane, business manager for IUOE 115, one of the unions currently taking HD Mining to court, says “For instance, HD Mining advertised for a certified heavy duty mechanic, working underground, at $25 to $32 an hour with no benefits indicated. That position pays over $42 an hour, with full benefits, at mines that are currently operating in Canada, including the Peace River Coal Mine at Tumbler Ridge.”
But the fact is, not all positions pay the same between different mines. While underground mining is considered more dangerous, underground miners tend to make less than their above-ground counterparts, at least when it comes to coal mining.
There are only two underground mines in Canada currently in operation. Grande Cache Coal, near Grande Cache, Alberta, and the Quinsam Mine on Vancouver Island.