Almost six years after a tree-planting camp near Golden was shut down by the provincial government, exploited workers have won Employment Insurance and income tax appeals.
Most of the workers were refugees from Africa.
The decision from the Canada Revenue Agency means the workers may finally get paid for Employment Insurance they were entitled to back in 2010.
The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre has been fighting on their behalf for years, after the workers were first told they couldn’t get EI because the many hours they spent going between different campsites didn’t count.
It’s the latest win for the workers, who also successfully argued race discrimination before the BC Human Rights Tribunal, and unpaid wage claims from the BC Employment Standards Branch.
The tree planters who worked for the now defunct Khaira Enterprises are now waiting for Service Canada to figure out how much money they are owed.