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Canadian labour history sheds light on current migrant labour issues

Photo: flickr/Robb North
Calls for the expulsion of temporary foreign workers and preferential hiring of Canadians did do one thing: draw attention to the exploitation of migrant labour in Canada.

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| August 28, 2014
August 1, 2014 |
UFCW Canada has filed a complaint with the Commission on behalf of Mexican migrant women, asking the Commission to review the recruitment and selection process of the SAWP.

We can't help but ask: What about migrant farmworkers?

by Levi Gahman
Sweeping changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program have introduced several reforms. These reforms were met with immediate criticism from migrant justice groups, detailed here.

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Fresh fruit, forgotten labour: What about migrant farmworkers?

Photo by Levi Gahman

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As summer finally gets underway after a record-breaking winter, farms and orchards across Canada are preparing to open their gates to hungry locals eager for a taste of the season's first fresh produce. 

With anticipation running high, it's easy to forget that so much of our "local" food is planted, nurtured and harvested by "foreign" migrant farmworkers of colour.

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'El Niño' draws attention to the issues of migrant labour

El Niño

by Nadia Bozak
(House of Anansi,
2014;
$22.95)

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Nadia Bozak's El Niño begins how it ends: with portents of death under a blazing desert sun.

We first meet Baez, the coyote-dog hybrid creature who, in smelling her own demise, ties together the parallel timelines of Bozak's novel: one in the present day and the second two years before, each playing out against the harsh landscape of the Oro Desert.

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B.C. apology to Chinese community highlights ongoing racism towards migrant workers

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"The federal and provincial governments must be held accountable not only for their racist and discriminatory policies of the past, but also for the continuation of such policies today."

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Four reasons why shutting down TFWP is no solution

Photo: flickr/Jeff Nelson
At a time when all provinces are cutting resources from departments responsible for keeping corporations in check, it's not about abolishing the TFWP, it's about ensuring labour protection for all.

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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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