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MKS Defends HD Mining

Vancouver law firm MKS specializes in Canadian immigration and citizenship, meeting the needs of the community, from individuals to private companies.  Among the many areas of practice offered by the full-service law boutique, assisting skilled workers with the immigration process is one that serves both the individuals and the companies they work for.

Recently, one of the original founders of MKS, Alex Stojicevic, was featured in two local newspapers as a representative for client HD Mining. Both The Vancouver Sun and The Province reported on a legal battle between the company and two Canadian workers’ unions. The unions claimed that HD Mining had rejected qualified Canadian workers in favour of Chinese workers for jobs at an underground coal mine near Tumbler Ridge. The company’s vice President, Jody Shimkus, explained that Canadians lack expertise in the specialized area of long-wall mining.

“Since there are no other mines in Canada that use this new technology, it shouldn’t be hard to understand why there are no experienced Canadian underground long-wall coal mine workers available,” Shimkus said.

At the time of the publicity, the issue at hand involved HD Mining handing over hundreds of resumes submitted by Canadian workers.

“We have a real concern for the privacy rights of the people who applied for jobs,” Stojicevic told The Province, defending the company’s wish to keep the documents private.

In a letter to the federal government’s lawyer, The Vancouver Sun reports, Stojicevic argued that there were no grounds for handing over the resumes, as department officials had already granted permits to HD Mining’s foreign workers. Furthermore, the government had agreed that no skilled Canadian workers could be found to match the needs of the jobs. However, in the interest of putting an end to the drawn-out case, Stojicevic also assured that the documents would be assembled for presentation swiftly.

“The issue for us has never really been the resumes themselves,” Stojicevic told The Vancouver Sun. “By putting these forward, we’re hoping to put the issue to bed.”