WEYBURN, Sask. – The Weyburn restaurant at the centre of temporary foreign worker controversy this week responded to the media on Wednesday in a statement.
In it they explain this past winter Brothers Classic Grill and Pizza was forced to restructure its business, and change the hours of operation.
They say this meant some positions were no longer be available, and that other employees, “required more hours than we were now able to offer and made the decision to not return to our employment.”
But they go on to say they have not hired any new employees.
“We would like to be clear that we have not hired any new employees,” reads the statement. “We have and continue to employ some temporary foreign workers, who are now filling some of the vacated restaurant shifts. All of the people who currently work for us were staff members who have chosen to remain with us through the restructuring of our operation.”
The owners claim the two employees who chose to take their cases to the media were both offered jobs under the restructured operation, but rejected the new structure of work hours.
The owners also defended their immigrant employees, citing their own experiences immigrating to Saskatchewan in search of better lives. They say the temporary foreign workers they do employ are, “honest hard working people and we appreciate their dedication to our business through this difficult transition.”
Below is the full statement issued by Brothers Classic Grill and Pizza