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Sikhs at port say discrimination battle not over

04/07/2006


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    Prithvi Saluja, a Quebec Sikh, argues that throughout history Sikhs have preformed dangerous tasks without helmets.

    Prithvi Saluja, a Quebec Sikh, argues that throughout history Sikhs have preformed dangerous tasks without helmets.

    Sikh truckers at the Port of Montreal say they remain victims of discrimination. They say they declared victory too soon, and say they are still being treated as second class citizens at the port. And now they're threatening legal action.

    Workers are supposed to wear hard hats at the port. But the 300 Sikhs who work at the port say they cannot wear hard hats with their turbans, and their religion forbids them from removing their turban. Last month, the port decided to allow Sikhs to work without hard hats, on the condition they don't get out of their trucks.

    But now Sikhs say while other truckers get served within 15 minutes, they are made to wait two hours at times.


    France Poulin, from the Montreal's Port Authority, argues that it is simply a question of safety and protecting the workers on the job.
    France Poulin, from the Montreal's Port Authority, argues that it is simply a question of safety and protecting the workers on the job.

    Quebec Sikhs battle Port Authority over turbans: After a major nationwide victory allowing their children to go to school wearing ceremonial daggers last week, Quebec Sikhs have another cultural battle on their hands, more

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