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Contract workers brought from Alberta to staff a New Brunswick energy project have retreated in the face of loud protests by local residents furious at what they viewed as carpetbaggers taking scarce jobs.
Protesters massed repeatedly this week outside the workers' hotel in Saint John, at times at odds with an injunction to keep their distance. [...]
Paul de Jong, Alberta provincial director with the Christian Labour Association of Canada, said his union, which represents a number of the affected workers but has no standing under New Brunswick legislation, was trying yesterday to get in touch with its members to offer assistance. However, he said, the employer was being tight-lipped with information about their whereabouts, numbers and skill sets in order to protect worker safety.
“Unfortunately, it's been a very uncivilized protest if not downright unsafe,” he said, “I hope some calmer minds will prevail.” [...]
“It's immoral … if our tax dollars are good enough to subsidize it, we're good enough to work there,” said Andrew Dawson, regional representative of the Canadian Building and Construction Trades Association. “We have oodles of unemployed tradesmen that are more than capable and willing to do this work.”
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