Temporary foreign worker program brings more problems than solutions: AFL

At least one Alberta group isn't happy with today's changes to federal temporary foreign worker laws.

The Alberta Federation of Labour says lowering the wages for the workers makes Alberta's workforce less competitive and essentially steals jobs from the province.

Secretary Treasurer Nancy Furlong says the rules help big corporations save money at the expense of the unemployed.

"They're going to get a discount. They'll be able to bring foreign workers in and pay them less than what they would get if they were Canadian and living in this province, which is just a terrible decision and will drive wages down and keep them down," says Furlong.

The AFL wants to see a more reasonable development pace in the oil sands and better training for temporary foreign workers so they can get their tickets and stay in Canada.

630AM CHED, Wed Apr 25 2012

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