April 28, 2014 7:50 pm

Government acted slowly to help Weyburn workers: NDP

Employees at a Weyburn restaurant were let go at the end of March. The Opposition NDP say the government knew, but didn't act until ten days after it learned of the issue.

Kim Smith / Global News

REGINA – The province is under fire over two women who lost their jobs, allegedly displaced by temporary foreign workers.

Employees at a Weyburn restaurant were let go at the end of March. The Opposition NDP say the government knew, but didn’t act until ten days after it learned of the issue.

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“The two women met with a senior member of cabinet, contacted the Ministry of Labour, and they weren’t helped,” said NDP leader Cam Broten. “When they spoke to labour, they were told it was a human rights issue.”

“The right follow up didn’t happen until the story was in the news and being talked about across the country.”

Ottawa has put a moratorium on the temporary foreign worker program for the food services industry.

The government says it acted when the story came to light.

“We have offered the (program integrity and legislation unit) to the federal government,” said economy minister Bill Boyd. “They’re looking into it, as well, to see if there’s anything the government of Saskatchewan should have some responsibility for.”

Boyd says that offer hasn’t been accepted yet, but the province is conducting its own investigation.

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