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Accident that claimed 11 Peruvian workers' lives not a tragedy but a crime

"Pilgrimage to Freedom," a 12-hour march organized by migrant workers and J4MW in 2009. Photographer: Gerardo Correa
The systematic exploitation of foreign and migrant workers takes place with the full participation of the Canadian state.

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Lest we forget: Workers' rights since the First World War

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Though there had been world conflicts between empires in earlier centuries, this one was different both in the extent of the carnage and in the fact that it marked the end of the European empires that participated. It also saw nationalistic impulses trump international worker solidarity. Some workers in the trenches on both sides refused to go along, but their "reward" was to be shot by their own side rather than by the enemy.

Migrant Matters

Power to the PINAYs: On the work of Montreal-based Filipino women’s organization Pinay

August 30, 2014
| Tapping into the current status of Canada's Live-in Caregiver Program and the work of Montreal-based organization PINAY, which is led by Filipinas, including women working as migrant workers.
Length: 37:36 minutes (34.43 MB)

Fair Trade Classroom Materials

Check out this page from the Fair Trade Resource Network with classroom materials to help educate young minds about the benefits and challenges of Fair Trade goods and structures around the world.

 

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Inside the working conditions of migrant workers: Journal six

A list of demands. Photo: Aylwin Lo

In light of the recent tragic incident involving the death of 10 migrant workers in Southern Ontario, I felt it was finally time to take the wraps off of a journal I kept during a two-week trip in early 2004 to investigate the conditions of undocumented Chinese migrant farm workers. I hope this can help shed light on the kinds of conditions faced every day by the people who tend, pick and process the food we eat.

This is the sixth in a series. See here for the first entry.

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Inside the working conditions of migrant workers: Journal five

In light of the recent tragic incident involving the death of 10 migrant workers in Southern Ontario, I felt it was finally time to take the wraps off of a journal I kept during a two-week trip in early 2004 to investigate the conditions of undocumented Chinese migrant farm workers. I hope this can help shed light on the kinds of conditions faced every day by the people who tend, pick and process the food we eat.

This is the fifth in a series. See here for the first entry.

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Inside the working conditions of migrant workers: Journal four

View from the writer's bunk. Photo: Aylwin Lo

In light of the recent tragic incident involving the death of 10 migrant workers in Southern Ontario, I felt it was finally time to take the wraps off of a journal I kept during a two-week trip in early 2004 to investigate the conditions of undocumented Chinese migrant farm workers. I hope this can help shed light on the kinds of conditions faced every day by the people who tend, pick and process the food we eat.

This is the fourth in a series. See here for the first entry.

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