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B.C. forestry workers still owed money

More than two years after 25 forestry workers were found living in squalid conditions at a camp near Golden, they have not received Employment Insurance and their former company has yet to pay them the wages they are owed.

February 4, 2013  By Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun reported that B.C.’s Employment Standards Branch has determined that the company, Khaira Enterprises, owes almost $280,000 in unpaid wages and interest to 58 former employees, but directors Khalid Bajwa and Hardilpreet Sidhu have not paid a penny of it, said Eugene Kung of the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre, which represents most of the 25 workers from the camp near Golden.

The B.C. government has given the workers about half of what they are owed out of bid deposits paid to the Ministry of Forests by Khaira in 2010, when it was awarded the contract, but former employee Pasteur Nsekerabanyanka is losing hope that he will ever see the roughly $7,000 he is still owed because the company no longer exists.

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