In January, 2010 a Canadian Union of Public Employees Global Justice delegation, including four members from CUPE 4660 at Carleton University, travelled to the Philippines to learn how workers and human rights advocates fight for people's rights.
The Philippines is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a trade unionist. Last November, Canadian trade unionists from the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the United Steelworkers, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and others went on the Canadian Trade Union Mission to the Philippines (CTUMP) to see for themselves the level of labour repression and human rights violations in the Southern Tagalog region of the country. Come and hear about what is happening!
It was an investigation series by the Toronto Star, examining the lives of those who arrive in Canada to become nannies under the federal government's Live-In Caregiver program. The Star's two-part series documented the deception and exploitation that all too often greets those who dream of better lives in Canada.
Much has been said about the precarious lives of migrants in Canada -- and as the Star proved this week, much more remains to be said. But few have explored the other side of the equation.