Letters: Oil workers treated poorly

Port Renfrew resident outlines despicable living conditions in camps

As the B.C. provincial election is upon us, much has been said about pipelines, fracking, natural gas and environmental concerns. I’m sure whichever party is elected; they will have their lips wrapped firmly around pipeline and natural gas revenues to drive services and programs in B.C. I am in favour of this.

Whoever comes to power does need to address the despicable un-Canadian treatment of workers by ridiculous mind-numbing oil company Fascists. Supposedly, these are safety policies and programs to protect workers and companies but they go against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and common sense.

To go to work, you need a myriad of tickets, no problem. Then you need to pass a pee test that doesn’t discriminate between legal and illegal drugs. Don’t get caught in a camp with alcohol or drugs because that’s a one-way ticket out. What Canadian doesn’t appreciate and deserve a few cool ones after a hard days work? They have ex-RCMP officers acting as company cops to enforce no smoking and drinking laws in camp, kind of like hall monitors. You have no say if they want to bring a drug sniffing dog into your room or private truck. You can’t smoke in your own truck; you must proceed to the (–30 degree) smoking tent. In the privacy of your tiny camp room, you can get on the Internet but you are not allowed to look at… breasts, or any other female part.

How did this creepy fascism become part of the Canadian workplace? Whichever party is elected needs to erase these policies since they do not make the workplace safer.

Greg Klem

Port Renfrew

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