Mexico state and Canadian union sign migrant worker protection pact

Mexico state and Canadian union sign migrant worker protection pact

MORELIA, MICHOACÁN, MEXICO–(Marketwire – Feb. 24, 2009) –

Migrant workers from the Mexico state of Michoacán will have enhanced protections when they arrive in Canada this season, thanks to a new historic agreement.

On Tuesday, February 24, Wayne Hanley, the National President of UFCW Canada, and Governor Leonel Godoy Rangel from the State of Michoacán signed a landmark co-operation agreement to ensure that the human and labour rights of agricultural workers from Michoacán, Mexico are recognized and enforced while they work in Canadian fields and greenhouses.

It is a first-of-its kind North American agreement, where a state institution has partnered with a civil society organization to extend services and assistance to its citizens working outside of Mexico. It is a unique pact developed after work and consultation between Mexico executive and parliamentary authorities, as well as state authorities – and UFCW Canada which, for more than a decade, has led the campaign for the rights of migrant workers.

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