“How can that be right, that they’re not Canadians? I’m a Canadian,” said Nelson, 58, who worked at Brothers Classic Grill and Pizza [previously called El Rancho] in Weyburn, Sask., for 28 years.
“How can it be that I’m the one out looking for a job and they’re the ones that are still employed?”
In March, she and all the staff received letters from the three brothers who own the restaurant.
She says about half of the workers are Canadians. The other half are temporary foreign workers.
“Due to changes in operations we are currently discharging all of our staff,” the letter says.
Shaunna Jennison-Yung of Weyburn, Sask., says she lost her job and was replaced by a temporary foreign worker. (CBC)
Some of them were subsequently hired back, including two waitresses who are temporary foreign workers.
But Nelson was permanently dismissed.
Since 2002, the federal government has allowed companies to hire temporary foreign workers for jobs they can’t fill with Canadians.
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