British Columbia to import low-wage miners from China

British Columbia to import low-wage miners from China

Liberal leader Christy Clark touts coal mining as a jobs machine for British Columbia. Too bad many of those jobs will go to low-wage workers imported from China. HD Mining is backed by Chinese investment. The company plans to operate a mine near Tumbler Ridge. HD Mining claimed it couldn’t find qualified Canadians. Maybe this was because its job adverts required Mandarin skills. Meanwhile, the Chinese miners are only required to know 100 English words. And they are willing to work for peanuts compared with their Canadian counterparts. The government has already approved 201 Chinese miners to work at Tumbler Ridge on a temporary basis. But as many as 2,000 Chinese miners could be expected…

NFL referee lockout bloopers ruining 2012 NFL season

Replacement officials are ruining the NFL season

The NFL has locked out its referees due to a labor dispute and brought in incompetent replacement refs. Football fans are furious over the needless extra penalties and botched calls, some of which have altered the outcomes of games. On Monday night, the replacement referees were responsible for the worst call in the history of the National Football League. Green Bay Packers safety M.D. Jennings clearly intercepted a Hail Mary pass by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson in the end zone as time expired in the Packers’ game against the Seahawks. Interception = Green Bay wins. But Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate reached around Jennings and put his hands on the ball. The replacement refs…

Striking S. African miners charged with murder

Striking South African miners charged with murder

On Aug. 16, 34 frustrated platinum miners at the Marikana mine in South Africa were killed and 78 were injured by police sent to break up the strike by the African National Congress-dominated government. On Aug. 30, 270 of the miners who had been arrested after the incident were charged with murder under the so-called “common purpose” doctrine. None of the police who shot the miners were charged. The “common purpose” doctrine was enacted during the apartheid era to allow the white government to prosecute black democracy activists and protesters. ENGLISH:

Foxconn to replace workers with 1 million robots

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In the battle between iPhone and Android, one man is a guaranteed winner — Terry Guo. Guo’s company Foxconn makes parts for both. However, all is not well at Foxconn. As Guo tries to ramp up production, he’s been hit with labor shortages and higher wage demands. With a spate of suicides bringing bad publicity, perhaps Guo decided humans are more trouble than they’re worth. He recently announced Foxconn will add 1 million robots in the next 3 years, freeing up workers for higher-value tasks. However, many worry that the robots will actually compete with workers, driving down wages even further. ENGLISH: