Company Ordered to Pay Exploited Tree Planters Nearly $229,000

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A forestry company was ordered to pay 57 tree planters who endured horrendous labour conditions at work camps, such as dirty drinking water, squalid living conditions and a lack of food, nearly $229,000, which includes back wages, overtime and vacation pay as well as compensation for poor conditions. The company’s owners were also fined $3,500 for violations of the Employment Standards Act [Khaira Enterprises, Khalid Mahmood Bajwa and Hardilpreet Singh Sidhu, Vancouver Sun, Jan. 24, 2011].