Karoly Ban Matei
There are many wrong messages that have been sent through this joke of penalty.
We bring Chinese workers in Canada to take jobs that Canadians need. Even with a historically low 7.1 now, January 2013) unemployment rate at this time there are many Canadians that would have jumped to do the work. So, first, why do we bring Chinese workers?
Second: Let's say, for the sake of the scenario, somebody made a strong, believable case for it. We know that work safety Chinese standards are among the worse in the world. How did it happen that nobody supervised them? How did we allow the to work by themselves? Is it possible that we agreed to cheap out on labor force and we traded health ans safety for it? How is it possible that they proceeded with the work even if the process has not been approved by an engineer? Nobody seen them working? Why nobody called OH&S before the tragedy?
And last the employees died a horrible death. By fining the companies involved, but not finding anybody criminally negligent, we can summarize the incident like this:
it is OK to bring foreign workers in Canada, even if they are not prepared for a specific job, because we pay them cheap and we can force them work even if the site is not safe. We save money and get the job done. We just pretend we don't see them. If they get hurt or die we will fine the company, but nobody is criminally negligent. ( Because if we would charge only one person as criminally negligent we would open a Pandora box and then a lot of other people need to be charged). Then we start the cycle again, see the case with Chinese workers brought to work in BC mines. (and the same questions again: don't we have Canadians with no jobs? Don't we know that their standard is low? Don't we care they might die? What about pollution? )
Do we over learn? Do we have some allegiance to China that supersedes all common sense and known HSE legislation? Why do we do this? Why do we need to do this?
Posted January 29, 2013 01:24 PM