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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:49 PM

Oilsands company fined $1.5M in Chinese workers' deaths

A company operating near Fort McMurray has been hit with the largest penalty in Alberta for a workplace safety violation.

Sinopec Shanghai Engineering Company Canada will have to pay out a total of $1.5 million.

The charges stem from an accident that happened almost five years ago that killed two temporary foreign workers and injured two others.

A judge ruled Thursday the company will pay a fine of $200,000, with the rest of the money — $1.3 million- going to a new program teaching temporary foreign workers about their rights when it comes to safety on the job.

Ok, so If I was was writing this article I'd go more with something like this:

Chinese oil sand company slapped on the wrist for worker's deaths
Harper Government™ applauds light sentence and insists that Conservatives and foreign owned resource extraction companies are winning the race to the bottom!

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:18 AM

1. Requiring them to teach workers about their rights will hurt a lot more than the fine.

We have enough trouble recognizing that employees have rights in the first place - even in cesspits like Fort Mac - never mind the sort of things foreign workers are probably told.

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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:04 PM

2. I wonder how many foreign workers there are working in the tar sands now

given that the companies are owned by the Chinese government and they sure don't want to be paying decent wages. With Chairman Harper's blessing too I'm sure as he cares nothing for Canadian workers.

I like your title but would change the the oil sand to tar sands, I won't use their whitewash terminology out of principal.

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