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: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/migrantworkers/ ). 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!
ALL OUT FOR A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION – JUSTICE FOR MIGRANT WORKERS – MASS RALLY
December 2, 2009
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:
Workers’ Action Centre