CLC President Ken Georgetti has offered heartfelt condolences to the families of workers killed and injured in a deadly automobile accident near Stratford, Ontario on February 6th.
The mishap took the lives of 10 migrant farm workers from Peru who were travelling in a van, as well as that of the driver of a truck involved in the collision. Three other migrant workers were injured and remain in hospital.
“I know that I speak for each of the 3.3 million members of the Canadian Labour Congress in saying that we mourn for each of the workers who died and we wish a speedy recovery for those who were injured. Our hearts go out to all of the families as well.”
Thousands of migrant workers come to Canada from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America each year to perform seasonal labour, mainly in Ontario and British Columbia’s agriculture sector. Most arrive under the federal government’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, and often send money back home, where fewer job opportunities exist.
“These workers all make a significant contribution to providing food for Canadians and too often they receive little or no recognition for that,” Georgetti said.
He welcomed the creation, by UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA), of a Migrant Workers Family Support Fund. All funds collected will be donated to the families of the dead or injured workers, including that of the driver of the colliding vehicle.
Donations to the Migrant Workers Family Support Fund can be made through your preferred financial institution by transferring your donation to the Fund’s account:
The Migrant Workers Family Support Fund
TD Canada Trust
Account # 5221618
Transit # 1864
A special memorial Facebook page has been set up to commemorate the workers who died or were injured, and to mark their contribution to our food supply and the Canadian agriculture industry.