Human Rights Commission rejects complaint

Trent Ernst, Editor
 
A human rights complaint by a HD Mining worker has been rejected by the Canadian Human Rights Commission. 
 
Last month, miner Huizhi Li sent a letter to the Canadian Human Rights Commission saying that the Steelworkers were in violation of human rights law for content published on their website saying that the miners coming to Canada to work for HD Mining were working for lower wages and benefits than typical. The union also filed a safety complaint under the provincial Mines Act, alleging the miners in Murray River don’t speak English well enough to understand their rights or to understand and comply with health and safety rules. 
 
Li says these allegations “are likely to create contempt for Chinese persons and in particular Chinese mining workers,” complaining the union had violated “hate crimes” provisions of the Human Rights Act in its efforts to publicize concerns about the temporary foreign worker program.
 
However, the Commission ruled that it does not meet the threshold test to make a case under section 13 of the Human Rights Act.  
 
According to the Steelworkers, they provided the Commission with a submission that clearly demonstrated the union’s campaign is motivated by concerns over the exploitation of foreign workers and the effect of the temporary foreign worker program on Canadian workers.