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Lori Theresa Waller | A recap of this week's top labour stories, January 19 to 25. Tar sands company fined $1.5 M for worker deaths, global unemployment still on the rise, agreement on Robin Hood Tax in Europe, and more.
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Wall graffiti written in Chinese on a greenhouse bathroom stall. Photo: Aylwin Lo
Aylwin Lo | With two-thirds of our group having returned to Toronto, things are irritatingly and eerily quiet in the morning. Eight or nine more workers are to arrive tomorrow. I wonder how to greet them.
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A list of demands. Photo: Aylwin Lo
Aylwin Lo | Morning comes. As we prepare for whatever the day may bring, the contractors arrive and tell us that we won't be working today, since we've refused to move to the other greenhouse.
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Aylwin Lo | Thursday starts with some confusion. The contractors are trying to allocate us based on who is planning on returning to Toronto this weekend, and who is planning on staying on longer.
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View from the writer's bunk. Photo: Aylwin Lo
Aylwin Lo | As soon as we receive word that we will be paid daily, we scramble to prepare for work. Because many of us will work off-site, we gather our lunches and water and don our winter clothes.
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Aylwin Lo | Six of us -- three men, three women -- are deposited at a greenhouse that is much smaller than the one where we are housed.
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Aylwin Lo | We're roused at 6 a.m. when the contractors turn on the lights. From the top bunk of one of six lining the walls, I survey our room.
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"Pilgrimage to Freedom," a 12-hour march organized by migrant workers and J4MW in 2009. Photographer: Gerardo Correa
Tyler Shipley | The accident that claimed 11 Peruvian workers' lives was not a tragedy but a crime, linked to the systematic exploitation of foreign and migrant workers in Canada.
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A scan of the classified ad the writer answered. Headline says   "Greenhouse hiring" and body text says "Picking tomatoes." Photo: Aylwin Lo
Aylwin Lo | This week, I felt it was finally time to take the wraps off of a journal I kept during a two-week trip in 2004 to investigate the conditions of undocumented Chinese migrant farm workers.
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John Bonnar | Migrant worker rights activists are still waiting for inquests. Still waiting for snap safety inspections and health and safety protection for workers.
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John Bonnar | Justicia for Migrant Workers, an advocacy group that advances the rights of migrant workers, held a rally Friday to demand justice for two migrant workers killed at work.