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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

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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Migrant Dreams documentary delves into temporary foreign worker issue

Award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee's Migrant Dreams documentary project has a deep connection to her past -- her Korean parents emigrated to Canada in the early 1970s and her father did menial labour, including picking worms, in order to provide for the family.

"I appreciate the struggle," says Lee. "There was a lot of anxiety because we were poor and new to the country, so I'm very sensitized to issues of migration, acculturation and diaspora."

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Kwentong Bayan illustrates the strength of Filipino caregivers to Canada

June 17, 2013
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