- Double Standards
- April 21, 2013 - 00:37
It is very disturbing how much of a double standard there is when it comes to dealing with these types of situations. Law enforcement didn't do anything when the innocent workers were held hostage and forcefully ejected from their camp rooms into the cold with no where to go. These kinds of acts seemed fair right? I guess they don't have the right to work in a safe and respectable workplace either. Innocent until proven guilty doesn't apply either; this all happened so fast there was NO investigation into the alleged accusation and this person was thrown under the bus. What kind of society have we become that someone can point a finger and get rid of anyone they don't approve of without any investigation. I feel really sorry for anyone working on that site that god forbid ever has to reprimand any of these workers. This has set a very unfortunate and dangerous precedence and I don't think this will be the last time we hear about this.
- RACISM must be eradicated from society. STOP IT IMMEDIATELY.
- April 20, 2013 - 11:51
I have to confess that I have never worked on a construction site like this, but I assume that this construction site shares the same type of work-place friction that you will find on every work site in the World from time to time. I do know though that we all have the right to feel Safe at our work sites, be Governed by a Code of Ethics that contain a great set of Human Rights and that nobody should be subjected to Racism. I also know Racism has no place in society. RACISM Must Be Eradicated, since it stunts the growth and destroys the Soul of those subjected to it; AND it KILLS, those afflicted, in more ways than one.!
- April 20, 2013 - 08:41
Towards the end of the story it read, "Our Innu community members appreciate the swift action of Nalcor to bring this situation to a satisfactory resolution so that our Innu members working at the project site feel safe and respected." Well isn't that a two way street? What will be of the innu workers when they make comments about the "other" workers on that site? Shouldnt everyone have the right to work in a safe and respected worksite? We all know how it works on these types of sites, putting the land issues aside, many "workers" have to do their own job and the work of many others with a "poor work ethic", and heaven forbid if you let it slip and vent your frustration, all hell breaks loose and you just painted a target on your back, sort of speak. Someone tell me this is not the reallity and the truth of it all.
- April 21, 2013 - 21:16
It's the weight of the derogatory comment made and the inequality between the parties involved. Yes, comments like this are likely made in all work places and all environments, but when someone feels a sense of privilege and power over another person based on race, then it's not acceptable. Nalcor likely acted quickly because they are educated on human rights, equality and the racism aboriginals have faced for hundreds of years. (Read "The Lure of the Labrador Wild" to see two white explorers degrade an aboriginal person who literally saved the authors life- The book was written in the early 1900's yet the same racist thought still exists today). It's not just an off hand comment by an angry employee, it's a deep seeded belief held by many that a person of another race is "less than". Nalcor is employing a FAST learning curve and all employees who hope to keep their jobs better catch on quick. Racism is not acceptable, for very good reasons. Please seek to educate yourselves on the depth and meaning behind that "one off hand comment" as there is a lot to learn.
- John Smith
- April 20, 2013 - 07:33
Any other group would go through the normal channels, which are there for just this sort of case. Not these guys though...nope, they need to shut down the whole project. I think this is all part of a much bigger agenda, to slow down, and stymie the project at any opportunity, to try to embarrass the employer...when all they are doing is embarrassing themselves....again...