Caregivers Action Centre

June 08, 2009 16:19 ET

Caregivers Action Centre: Communities Rally in Support of Live-in Caregivers and Other Temporary Foreign Workers

Attn: Toronto/GTA Assignment and News Editors - Media Advisory for Tuesday, June 9/09 at 11a.m.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - Caregivers, other temporary foreign workers (TFW), and their community allies will hold a press conference on Tuesday June 9, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Workers' Action Centre, 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 223, Toronto.

The day before a decisive report of the Citizenship and Immigration Committee is expected to be tabled in the House of Commons, community groups, faith groups and labour groups will gather to express their solidarity with caregivers and other TFW, and to ask politicians to overcome the distraction of one MP's case and respond to the larger issues at hand.

"We are here as members of the Filipino community to say that we support caregivers. These workers are a strong group in our community and they are faced with unacceptable living and working conditions under the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)," said Julius Tiangson, a community advocate and Executive Director of Gateway Centre for New Canadians. "This is not about one bad employer; it's about a program that's bad for workers and detrimental to our community," he added.

Faced with fees of $5,000 and more for temporary work that consists of long hours with little pay, caregivers and other TFW come here under immigration rules that create conditions of indentured servitude. They are speaking out to make the federal and provincial governments listen to their voices and address the systemic barriers in Temporary Foreign Worker Programs.

"We take care of your children; we take care of the elderly and the sick; we work on farms to feed your communities; we clean your hotels and cook your meals," says Menchie Cuaresma, a caregiver and President of the Caregivers Action Centre. "We are critical to the Canadian economy, yet we are denied fundamental rights and freedoms. We urge our governments to get back to work and enact legislation that protects those of us who are most in need of protection."

"Caregivers and other TFW face incredible pressures, such as deportation, to keep silent about conditions of work here. That is why we stand in support of caregivers, seasonal agricultural workers and other temporary foreign workers in calling on federal and provincial governments to take action now," says Winnie Ng, Co-chair of the Good Jobs for All Coalition.

Organizations that are supporting this press conference include: Adhika-Philippine Development Concerns, Caregivers Action Centre, Caregiver Resource Centre, Filipino Centre-Toronto, Gateway Centre for New Canadians, Good Jobs for All Coalition, Independent Workers Association, Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario, Justicia for Migrant Workers, Migrante-Ontario, No One is Illegal, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Silayan Community Centre, United Food and Commercial Workers-Canada, United Steelworkers and Workers' Action Centre.

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