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B.C. Labour Board rules in favour of blacklisted Mexican workers

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The B.C. Labour Relations Board has ruled that the Mexican government blacklisted seasonal agriculture workers who formed a union at their workplace in the lower B.C. mainland.

The Board found that the Mexican government improperly interfered by identifying workers who were a part of United Food and Commercial Workers at Sidhu & Sons Nursery, a flower growing operation in Abbotsford, B.C. and prevented them from returning to Canada to work under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SWAP).

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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

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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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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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