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Unions aim to stop foreign miners' temporary work permits

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Canadian unions say the Chinese miners are being paid well below the going rate for the work they do. (David Crigge/Associated Press)
Two unions have won Round One in the fight to prevent foreign miners from working in B.C.

Thursday, a Federal court judge allowed the unions to proceed with a judicial review. The review would investigate the temporary work permits that allow Chinese miners to work at a northern coal mine near Tumbler Ridge.

HD Minining International Ltd. has said it was unable to find Canadian miners with specialized skills for its underground coal mine.

Ross Hickey, an economist at UBC-Okanagan who specializes in labour issues, has been following this controversy, and explains to Daybreak host Chris Walker.

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