UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

November 20, 2008 16:26 ET

Farm workers' breakthrough spotlighted at groundbreaking conference

Charter victory granting collective bargaining rights to Ontario farm workers on Friday's agenda at groundbreaking Ottawa conference of global social justice leaders

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A November 17 ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal that grants collective bargaining rights to the province's more than 100,000 agriculture workers will be the focus of discussion at a groundbreaking conference in Ottawa this week that involves 150 union, academic, and social justice leaders from around the globe.

The Labour Rights are Human Rights International Symposium, organized by four leading Canadian trade unions representing 800,000 workers, will host a series of notable speakers including Stan Raper, national coordinator of the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW Canada) agriculture workers' program.

As a key player in the 15-year legal battle that resulted in Ontario farm workers winning bargaining rights, Raper will discuss the high court's recent decision and its impact and importance for workers and the growing movement to enshrine labour rights as human rights.

Many agriculture workers in Canada are migrant labourers who make an indispensible contribution to one of the country's most important industries. The use of migrant and temporary foreign workers is a growing trend in the Canadian labour market and the agriculture sector in particular.

The symposium resumes Friday, November 21, at the Marriott Hotel (100 Kent St.) with UFCW Canada's Stan Raper presenting at 9 a.m.

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For more information:
Derek Johnstone, National Office Communications
UFCW Canada
416-720 -8858

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Contact Information

  • Derek Johnstone, National Office Communications, UFCW Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-720-8858
    E-mail: djohnstone@ufcw.ca