Canada Federal Court turns down union bid for foreign worker injunction for miners

Canada Federal Court turns down union bid for foreign worker injunction for miners

HD Mining is expecting 60 Chinese workers to come to Canada, joining 17 foreign workers already at the northern B.C. mine site

In November of 2012, Mr. Stojicevic was hired to be the lead counsel and spokesperson for HD Mining to defend them in a landmark case whereby two British Columbia unions are challenging labor market opinions and work permits issued to 201 mineworkers who have been hired in China to work at the Murray River coal project in Tumbler Ridge, BC.

The case is the first known attempt by a union — or any public interest party– to challenge labor market opinions issued under the federal government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. On November 22, Justice Campbell granted the unions public interest standing to pursue the case.

In a significant victory for HD Mining, the unions’ application for an injunction to block the workers from coming into Canada pending the outcome of the judicial review application was rejected by Justice Russell on December 14.

Mr. Stojicevic will continue to represent the company in the coming months during additional pending applications.

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