Monthly Archives: November 2009

Journée pancanadienne d’action pour la justice des travailleurs et travailleuses migrantes

Journée pancanadienne à Montréal

Le mercredi 2 décembre, 2009
Complexe Guy-Favreau
200, René-Lévesque Ouest
Métro Place-des-Arts


National Day of Action!

On Friday, October 9, 2009, the Canadian government announced it would be amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act regulations pertaining to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (see UFCW Canada Media Release ). The new measures were heralded by the Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney as the government’s response for protecting these vulnerable workers including limits to the length of a worker’s stay in Canada before being repatriated. Unfortunately the amendments do little more than target migrant workers and add an even greater level of vulnerability to their status in Canada. (More: ). These regulations are part of a larger shift towards creating a disposable migrant workforce with few rights as opposed to a Canada based on nation building.

On December 2, we are calling out communities across Canada to take to the streets. Cities and towns across Canada will be organizing local actions!


December 2, 2009
11 AM

In Toronto meet the Corner of King St. and University Ave. (regional office of Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney.)

Across the country, the UFCW Canada and its Locals unions are mobilizing with our community allies to pressure the Government to scrap the proposed amendments. The UFCW Canada National Office, along with the Agriculture Workers Alliance, Locals 175 & 633 (Ontario), 832 (Manitoba), 1000A (Ontario), 1118 (Alberta), 1400 (Saskatchewan), and 1518 (British Columbia), have strongly endorsed an attached statement criticizing the proposed amendments as inadequate and unjust.

Make it loud and clear to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney that we won’t let immigrants be turned into a disposable workforce with no rights!
Demand real protections for migrant workers!


This National Day of Action is being called by the Coalition for Change: Caregivers and Temporary Foreign Workers, with support from allies in community, women’s, immigrant’s rights, faith-based and trade union organizations across the country.

For more information please contact:

Sonia Singh
Workers’ Action Centre
Mobile: 647.235.6912

Ontario policy is hurting migrant workers and those who employ them

‘They want some certainty … and so do we’ –

Taiwan moves to protect rights of OFWs, other migrant workers

Taiwan moves to protect rights of OFWs, other migrant workers | Manila Bulle

TAIPEI – Taiwan has devised special measures to protect the rights of some 69,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and other members of the island’s migrant work force, according to Taiwanese labor officials.

The measures make Taiwan one of the countries in the world where the rights of migrant workers are best protected, according to Lin San-gwei, director-general of Taiwan’s Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, which is under the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA).

Growing violence against and exploitation of working-poor migrants in Canada

In response to these recent raids that have occurred under the public’s noses, there have been many mass public actions throughout Canada denouncing these dehumanizing attacks on racialized working-poor (im)migrant communities, including in Guelph, Ontario. Formerly known as Student Support for Migrant Workers, Fuerza/Puwersa organized a potluck dinner and panel on April 30, 2009 in Downtown Guelph. This “Status for All!” May Day Dinner event featured speakers from several different associations including Janet McLaughlin (researcher on migration and instructor at the University of Guelph), Marco Luciano (coordinator with Migrante Ontario), and Craig Fortier (organizer with No One Is Illegal-Toronto). All spoke eloquently on the plight of wtorking-poor racialized migrants in Canada.

Program Information – Migrant Matters Radio: Growing violence against and exploitation of working-poor migrants in Canada |A-Infos Radio Projec

The migrant condition

By Walden Bello
Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines representing Akbayan

The migrant worker experience is one that is increasingly typical. Let’s start with myself. I am now back in the Philippines, but I spent nearly 20 years as a political exile in the United States during the Marcos dictatorship. During that time I survived by working as a journalist, teaching, doing research, and taking on odd jobs in different American cities.

Multiple sites, multiple identities

This experience of multiple sites of work during one’s active years is not too different from that of the Palestinian engineer who returns to the West Bank or Gaza after working in Kuwait, Egypt, and the United States. Nor from that of the Mexican peasant who goes to the United States to work in a variety of jobs, returns to tend to his or her farm in Morelos for extended periods, then heads back to Chicago. Nor from that of the Keralan who alternates between tending a small shop back home built with savings from her overseas work and long stints serving as domestic help in the Gulf countries.


Canada’s new underclass

Letter from Toronto: Canada’s new underclass

In just a few years, Canada brought in under its temporary foreign workers program an army of low-skilled migrant workers for jobs that Canadians are not willing to take under prevailing wage levels and working conditions. Jobs like vegetable and fruit-picking, work in the oil sands, bait worm collectors, cleaners, packers and people who dismember pigs for meat packaging plants.