McDonald's Accused of Dumping Canadian Workers in Canada Over Filipino Employees

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | April 8, 2014 11:33 AM EST

McDonald's, accused of Temporary Foreign Worker abuses, is under federal investigations in British Columbia, Canada. CBC News quoted McDonald's employee Kalen Christ as saying that the ongoing pattern was that foreign workers received less salary for more work.

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A protester hides his face with a sign outside a McDonald's outlet, as they demand higher wages for fast food workers in the Manhattan borough of New York March 18, 2014.

Go Public made an enquiry regarding the matter. Consequently, the government suspended every pending foreign worker permit for three McDonald's outlets owned by Glen Bishop. It has also blacklisted the franchise from taking advantage of the programme. Mr Christ said that many people had complained against the franchise.

According to the office of Employment Minister Jason Kenney, investigators want to know what other affected job applicants or employees from other Canadian outlets of the company. The government investigation started after Go Public was informed about McDonald's hiring Filipino employees, while cutting hours of the local workers and refusing to employ several "qualified" candidates from Canada.

Mr Christ said that he had seen Canadian candidates apply for jobs in the fast food company. He said that he had seen lots of resumes. At least 50 local applicants submitted their resumes at the Pandora Avenue franchise, he said. Mr Christ said that it was sad that some of the candidates who apparently had university degrees were not even hired at McDonald's. He also said that one of the managers justified not hiring Canadian workers by saying that they were expecting workers from Philippines. Mr Christ said that he could not understand how such an excuse was used. McDonald's has also confirmed that there are 26 temporary foreign workers at three outlets in Victoria. Mr Christ said that 7 out of 11 workers were employed in recent weeks.

Local resident Tim Turcot said that he had no idea why he was not hired. He said that he informed the employer that he would be available 24/7 for the job. Still he was not hired even though he had four years of experience in restaurant service. Mr Turcot said that he dropped around 60 resumes at McDonald's with no result.

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A protester hides his face with a sign outside a McDonald's outlet, as they demand higher wages for fast food workers in the Manhattan borough of New York March 18, 2014.
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