Court certifies suit by Filipino and other temporary workers against Mac’s store chain

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  • A B.C. Supreme Court has certified a class-action suit filed by temporary foreign workers against Mac’s Convenience Stores and a number of immigration companies in Surrey.

    The class suit was filed by Filipino and other temporary foreign workers recruited from Dubai.

    The workers claimed that they paid recruitment fees and were promised jobs in Canada.

    However, when they arrived in Canada, there were no hobs waiting for them.

    In addition to Mac’s Convenience Stores, the class-action suit was also filed against these immigration firms: Overseas Immigration Services Inc., Overseas Career and Consulting Services Ltd. (OCCS), and Trident Immigration Services Ltd.

    The workers said that they received contracts to work at Mac’s stores in B.C., Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Saskatchewan.

    “This is a disturbing case of how low income workers spent their life savings to try to find a better life in Canada through a job at Mac’s Convenience Stores but instead found they had lost their money and most had no employment,” said lawyer Carmela Allevato, who represents the workers.

    Allevato, who is based in Vancouver, said that some of the works went back to Dubai, and some to the Philippines.

    Lawyer Susanna Quail, who is also helping the migrant workers, said there may have been up to 450 workers who were brought to Canada.

    Natalie Drolet, executive director and staff lawyer with West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association, said cases like this send a strong message to employers.

    The lawsuit has yet to be tried in court. The claims have yet to be proven in trial.

    The notice of claim was filed by the workers in  December 2015.

    Hundreds of migrant workers claimed they paid more than $8,000 for convenience store jobs which didn’t exist.

    The notice of claim was filed with the B.C. Supreme Court. It alleges that from December 2009 onwards, the workers were recruited in Dubai to work at Mac’s stores in B.C., Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

    When the workers arrived in Canada, they found the more than 425 jobs they had been contracted did not exist.

    The immigration firms named in the suit are based in Surrey, B.C.

    The firms allegedly charged the workers an illegal $8,000 recruitment fee and made them pay their own transportation to Canada.

    Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, migrant workers are issued a permit linked to the employment contract offered by their new employer.

    If the worker’s job role, location, or employer changes, their work permit becomes invalid.

    Mac’s Convenience Stores Ltd., which began as Mac’s Milk in 1962, now has about 800 stores across Canada.

    B.C. Supreme Court Justice Arne Silverman issued the decision dated September 18, 2017 certifying the lawsuit.

    “Shortly after arriving in Canada, each of the [representative plaintiffs] learned that there was no job for them at Mac’s,” Silverman wrote in his ruling.

    The workers allege that as many as 450 people, mostly from from Nepal and the Philippines, had similar experiences when they were recruited by consultants in Dubai.

    In the decision, Justice Silverman wrote that the defendants “deny wrongdoing on their own behalf, and deny any responsibility for whatever wrongdoings, if any, that any of the other defendants may have committed”.

    Mac’s Convenience Stores claimed that it contracted with OCCS in 2012 to recruit temporary foreign workers. However, the company said that it did not authorize the collection of fees.

    Mac’s also claimed that it understood that any payments made by the workers were for helping them navigate the Canadian immigration system.

    The immigration companies have denied charging fees. They also said that most of the workers retained OCCS for “immigration and settlement services”.

     

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