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| April 29, 2014

Jim Sinclair: 'We support the rights of migrant workers in B.C.'

Photo: flickr/2010 United Way Labour Campaign Breakfast" by United Way of the Lo

We are pleased to see that there is increased media attention on the important issue of migrant workers, worker abuse and the continuing decline in wages and employment standards here in B.C. as well as in other provinces across Canada.

The article by Adriana Paz and Chris Ramsaroop is based on a short video clip reported in the mainstream media. We want to ensure rabble readers have the full story.

The issue of supporting Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) is at the forefront of the B.C. Federation of Labour's (BCFED) work to ensure that no worker is treated as disposable.

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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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| March 13, 2014
March 12, 2014 |
A legitimate agenda for addressing farm safety must include addressing the gaping legislative holes in the safety net for agriculture workers.
| 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

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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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