In response to the article on Jason Kenney in the Feb. 6 Southwest Booster.
All we heard was there was a labour shortage and its being addressed by possibly brining in foreign workers. The whole labour, wage, labour shortage needs a closer look.
It is not true that foreign workers get a wage subsidy up to half their wage. So, naturally, its way more of a financial windfall for the business owner to hire foreign workers over local.
Businesses are not training workers because they are worried they'll be poached by the oil and gas industry. Why not pay more than minimum wage? If you would pay more they would come, but to speak the truth nowadays that is frowned on or politically incorrect.
Its not a labour shortage as much as a wage shortage. People here are being asked to work for minimum wage when basic bills are coming in at more than minimum wage. I challenge any businessman or government worker to work for their workers wage and see how desperate you become.
The wage field is not a level playing field and it's a fact that needs to be honestly addressed.
I've worked with foreign workers before and have no problems with them. WHy not have training skills for older people that if they pass are partly forgivable. Canadian workers are here and willing to work, yet the playing field must be levelled.
Can we get some honesty on this? The people of Saskatchewan (workers) deserve it.
Rob Bennett - Swift Current