UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

October 25, 2006 13:06 ET

Plight of migrant workers subject of parliamentary committee hearing

ATTN. ASSIGNMENT EDITORS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26: The plight of migrant workers in Canada is the subject of a joint submission to be made to a parliamentary committee on Thursday the 26th in Toronto.

Attention: Agriculture Editor, Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ON. > MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY OCT. 26--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 25, 2006) - The plight of migrant workers in Canada is the subject of a joint submission to be delivered to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) at hearings in Toronto to be held this Thursday, October 26th. These migrant workers include seasonal agricultural workers, live-in caregivers, as well as undocumented workers living and working in Canada without immigration status.

The joint authors of the submission include UFCW Canada (United Food and Commercial Workers Canada), the National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, and the FCJ Refugee Centre.

"These precarious and largely racialized migrant workers and non status people are vulnerable to various forms of exploitation and regularly face abuses of their rights and dignity," warn the authors.

"Employability in certain industries means accepting precarious status, poor working conditions and exploitation. Workers who are not prepared to accept these conditions face barriers to employability in Canada because they could be repatriated or deported."

Earlier this year some of these issues were explored at a two-day National Migrant Justice Gathering in Toronto (see: http://kairoscanada.org/e/refugees/migrants/unityStatement.asp).

At the upcoming HUMA hearings on Thursday the authors of this latest submission will recommend a series of proposals to ensure that all migrant workers regardless of their legal status receive just wages, fair treatment from their employers and full and equitable entitlement and access to the health, social, educational and legal services and supports that are available to all Canadians.

The HUMA hearings are open to the media and the general public.

WHAT:
EMPLOYABILITY IN CANADA: Public submissions to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

WHEN:
Thursday, October 26, 2006
10:00 - 11:45 a.m.

WHERE:
Holiday Inn Yorkdale (Toronto)
3450 Dufferin Street
York Hall - Main Floor (416) 789-5161

The HUMA hearings are open to the media and the general public.

/For further information: The UFCW Canada National Report on the Status of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada is available in PDF format. Go to www.ufcw.ca.

CONTACTS:
Stan Raper, UFCW Canada 416-675-1104 x232
Adiat Junaid, KAIROS, 416-463-5312 X223
Cecilia Diocson, National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada, 514-766-1273
Veena Verma, Cavalluzzo Hayes, 416-964-5508

/ IN: AGRICULTURE, JUSTICE, LABOUR, POLITICS, RELIGION

Contact Information

  • Stan Raper, UFCW CANADA
    Primary Phone: 416-675-1104 ext. 232
    Secondary Phone: 416-523-0937
    E-mail: sraper@ufcw.ca