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| February 24, 2014

Mexican government accused of blacklisting seasonal workers in Canada

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UFCW is in court, alleging that the Mexican government is blacklisting workers who unionize.

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Mexico accused of blacklisting seasonal workers who unionize in Canada

Photo: flickr/Egan Snow

A successful campaign to unionize migrant workers has led to allegations that the Mexican government blacklisted labour activists, then prevented some of those workers from returning to work in Canada under Canada's Seasonal Agricultural worker program.

For almost four years, Stan Raper and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) have been fighting a battle for a group of migrant workers in B.C. who did something controversial -- they unionized.

"It has been a difficult process," explained Raper, the national coordinator for the UFCW's Agricultural Workers Alliance, as he detailed the multiple court battles he and the workers have undertaken.

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Today is Intercontinental Day of Action Against Corporate Globalization -- help advocate!

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This week, rabble's weekly Activist Toolkit blog features campaigns and tools to counteract the consequences of corporate globalization and advocate for those who are negatively affected.

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| January 31, 2014

Justice for Migrant Workers

Canada’s agricultural sector is facing a labour shortage – and the governmental and corporate solution is migrant workers. But for decades these seasonal worker programs have perpetuated structures of discrimination and few to no rights for labourers.

Check out the Justice for Migrant Workers site to read up on “The Issues,” volunteer your time/money/office space to their organization, or to engage with some of their great resources.

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| December 23, 2013

Global Labour Migration: A Dialogue-Meeting

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Location

Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street (Bathurst subway)
Toronto, ON
Canada

A meeting designed as a dialogue, to buiid greater solidarity between the labour and migrant justice movements in their sthared struggle against workers' exploitation by global capital. Featuring panels, break-out discussion groups, open forum/Plenary.

To confirm participation please contact:

 

August 12, 2013 |
Education has no borders. We are offering 20 scholarships for the children, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews of migrant workers.

Justice for Ned Livingston Peart: Solidarity Rally and Human Rights Tribunal Hearing

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 9:30am

Location

655 Bay Street 14th floor
655 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 26.4528" N, 79° 23' 3.6744" W


Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) invites the community to attend the closing day of the historic Human Rights Tribunal examining the workplace death of Ned Livingston Peart, a Jamaican migrant farm worker who was killed working in a tobacco farm in rural Ontario. This case is intended to bring forward changes to prevent workplace deaths and injuries and to improve working and living conditions of migrant farmworkers in the province. There has never been an inquest into the death of a migrant worker under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in Ontario or anywhere in Canada. 

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