Canada province probes complaint over China workers
* Up to 200 temporary workers may be recruited
* Unions say local worker are denied fair chance at jobs
* Labor minister to probe recruiting fraud allegations
By Julie Gordon
Oct 24 (Reuters) - British Columbia authorities said on Wednesday they are investigating complaints by a labor group that local mining jobs are being advertised in China by recruiters in exchange for hefty recruitment fees.
The investigation stems from accusations by the B.C. Federation of Labor that recruitment firms in China are charging as much as C$12,500 (US$12,600) in fees to find temporary jobs for Chinese laborers at a mining development in the province owned by HD Mining International Ltd.
Last week, local online newspaper, theTyee.ca, reported that laborers are promised the "possibility of immigrating to Canada" and the ability to "sponsor your family to Canada, too."
The news site reported that a journalist posing as a mine laborer on an online Chinese jobsite was connected with recruiters who claimed to be hiring for the mining project.
HD Mining, which is jointly held by Huiyong Holdings Ltd and Canadian Dehua International Mines Group Inc, has denied any link to a recruiting scheme. Continued...