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USW calls for federal minister’s resignation over RBC scandal

Comes after recent reports RBC replacing Canadian employees with temporary foreign workers



TORONTO—The United Steelworkers is calling for the resignation of Canada’s federal human resources minister over what the union is claiming to be “her mishandling of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.”

The call for Diane Finley’s resignation comes on the heels of recent reports that Canadian financial giant RBC is replacing Canadian employees with temporary foreign workers.

RBC’s attention-grabbing ordeal follows another major debate in British Columbia, where temporary foreign workers were being hired for mining jobs in the province’s northeast.

“Minister Finley no longer has the confidence of the Canadian people that she will protect Canadian jobs and workers,” USW national director Ken Neumann said in a statement.

“Nor should Canadians have any confidence that Minister Finley is concerned about protecting foreign workers who are often victimized by the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.”

The union claims use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program has increased by more than 100 per cent under the Harper government.

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