IWC-CTI

Events

What’s Wrong with Rights? Social movements, law and liberal imaginations

Radha D’Souza in conversation
with
Dolores Chew (CERAS)
Devlin Kuyek (GRAIN)
Aziz Choudry (Immigrant Workers Centre/McGill University)

 

18H30, Wednesday 2 MayImmigrant Workers Centre 110-4755 Avenue Van Horne
Metro Plamondon (Plamondon exit)

 

Radha D’Souza has worked as an organizer and lawyer for labour movements, democratic rights and social movements in the Asia Pacific region. As a legal scholar, she has written extensively on the politics, human rights and social justice issues in non-Western countries. Her latest book, What’s Wrong with Rights? was released by Pluto Press in January 2018. She is a Reader in Law at the University of Westminster and is currently a visiting scholar at McGill University’s Law Faculty.

 

Dolores Chew is a founding member of the South Asian Women’s Community Centre and of the March 8thCommittee of Women of Diverse Origins. She is also a member of CERAS, teaches history and humanities at Marianopolis College and is a Research Associate at Concordia University’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute.

 

Devlin Kuyek is a Montreal-based researcher and activist with GRAIN (www.grain.org), a small international organization based in Barcelona that works with social movements around the world to support peasant agriculture and food sovereignty.

 

Aziz Choudry is associate professor and Canada Research Chair in social movement learning and knowledge production in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, and visiting professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg. He serves on the board of the Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal.

Gathering for May Day 2018!

Organized by the Coalition against Precarious Work

in front of the Labour Standards Commission
500 Rene-Levesque West , Montreal
Tuesday May 1st @ 5pm-6pm

 

This May 1st, the Coalition Against Precarious Work (Pinay, Immigrant Workers Centre, Migrant Workers Association of Quebec, Temporary Agency Workers Association and Mexican United for  Regularization) will hold a gathering in front of the CNESST on 500 Rene Lévesque between 5pm and 6pm. The rally will highlight the plight of immigrant workers in Quebec and will demand that the Employment and Labour Ministries to do more to protect the rights of precarious workers.

 

There will be a short program with speeches from different organizations and some cultural and street theater presentations.  Please come out to support a May 1st celebration that is inclusive of immigrant workers.

 

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OTHER ACTIONS ON MAY 1 IN MONTREAL

Gathering with food and speeches at 2:30 pm at Parc Metro. Departure of the neighborhood demonstration at 16H00.
Bouffe contre le fascisme / Food Against Fascism – Montréal is in charge of food !

Follow-up of CLAC anti-capitalist protest in downtown Montreal.

As workers, unemployed, students and tenants, our best defense against those who exploit and abuse us is solidarity. That is why the Industrial Workers of the World (SITT-IWW Montreal) invites you to gather and fight together in the Parc-Extension on May 1st.

Our struggles are multiplying on several fronts at the same time. Just like the attacks on us. Strikes and lockouts are muted by the power of the courts, the public sector privatizes and burns its employees, our wages stagnate while our rents increase, racist speeches become commonplace to the delight of the ruling class. Holding the G7 paralyzes a complete region for wealth and power to move the planet. And all that, while bosses and politicians share the profits.

But no matter what, we fight! Community groups take to the streets to denounce social inequalities. Tenants from working-class neighborhoods are mobilizing against gentrification. Women denounce and take public space with #MeToo. Anti-racist solidarity networks are multiplying to counter the rise of the extreme right. Nurses say, “Enough is enough!” And refusal to run out in silence. The most precarious workers are organizing and solidarity is rising.

We are not as isolated as bosses and politicians want to imply. We are not just pawns that will vote and watch the boss decide our fate. We fight to make ourselves heard. And that’s why we must go beyond corporatism, stand together and make the bridge between our struggles, that’s our strength!

It is with this spirit of solidarity that the SITT-IWW Montréal invite you to demonstrate on Tuesday, May 1st, in the Parc-Extension neighborhood, on the occasion of International Workers’ Day, for the whole of the scander: WE ARE NOT ALONE!

 

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Help us Keep the Immigrant Workers Centre open

The Immigrant Workers Centre has experienced one of it busiest years as more and more courageous workers, sometimes without status, fighting for respect and protection against bosses, who believe that workplace abuse is justified particularly if the worker is a recent immigrant or someone without status. Staff and volunteers at the centre accompany workers in their fight back. For individuals with grievances, it takes many hours to prepare cases, do the research, support given to workers and with determination to win, there have been setting precedents cases against all odds. And we do win. Examples include unemployment and occupational health benefits for those who have lost jobs as temporary foreign workers. In another case, a worker was given severance benefits far beyond what she would have received from the Commission des Normes de Travail. We see the daily abuses of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and help workers navigate the complexities of it.
But this is not enough. We go beyond individual successes in two ways. First, we campaign for policy change. We are working in two areas: Temporary Placement Agency Work, and the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. We describe these campaigns in the accompanying newsletter. Second and perhaps more important, workers themselves, are the spokespeople and witnesses for these campaigns. The IWC is a political project in the sense that it supports building power and a collective voice for immigrant workers, both with and without status. This is the exciting part of the work and the most inspiring. Recently we held a meeting that brought together approximately 60 workers, domestics, and those employed through temporary employment agencies and those in the temporary foreign workers program. They shared stories of the abuse and exploitation but more important worked together to present demands to the Quebec Minister of Labour. The minister’s office met to discuss these issues. We will share more as the process unfolds.

This letter is to ask for your financial support. Despite the successes and the important achievements of the IWC during the past year, there have been many months where we had to decide whether to delay the rent or pay, often for weeks at a time. Currently, volunteers carry out most of the work at the centre with one person currently on staff, one on a short-term grant from Emploi Quebec and the other on a special grant from that office. We have made progress with trade unions and are in discussion with several of the large unions in Quebec for support. There is a growing understanding of the importance of the IWC as a component of the broader labour movement. Both temporary placement agencies and the Temporary Foreign Workers program are part of a wider attack on the living standards of all workers. Unions understand the importance of the IWC in organizing and supporting those workers. Our longer-term goal with the unions is to raise enough on a recurrent basis to pay the salary of one organizer. We continue to apply for both government and foundation grants and enter into partnerships with academic projects, but with limited success in an environment of budget compression. We need your help. If you support the goals of the centre please give generously and support our campaigns for justice for immigrant and migrant workers!

Sincerely

Eric Shragge

President

Board of Directors

Please donate through Paypal on our website  http://iwc-cti.ca/ You can give a single donation or a recurrent monthly donation.

Or you can make a check payable to the Immigrant Workers Centre and mail it to our office 4755 Van Horne #110 Montreal Quebec H3W 1H8

Photos of Mayworks 2013!! performances and skits by Immigrant workers depicting their struggles!

http://quelquesnotes.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/110513-2/

Precarious Worker Campaign Media

=>(english) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/05/01/quebec-foreign-worker-agricultural.html

=>(english) http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Foreign+workers+face+changing+landscape/8323510/story.html

=>(francais) http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/societe/2013/04/05/003-travailleurs-immigrants-protection.shtml

=>(francaise) http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/actualites-en-societe/377067/le-cauchemar-de-maher


WORKSHOP ON EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

WORKSHOP ON EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE & THE UNEMPLOYMENT OF

TEMPORARY AGENCY WORKERS

Saturday, June 1st, 2013, 4:00 pm

Provided by Mouvement Action Chômage

4755 Van Horne Street, Suite # 110

Immigrant Worker Centre (IWC)

To answer all your questions:

Do I have the right to obtain unemployment benefits even if I don’t have papers?

Am I entitled for unemployment insurance if I don’t have an actual job but am still employed by an agency?

Can I access employment insurance if I was laid off or terminated?

FOLLOWED BY A DISCUSSION ABOUT

THE FUTURE AND PERTINENT ACTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF TEMPORARY

AGENCY WORKERS

IWC Meets with the Office of Minister Angès Maltais, Demanding Action (Press Conference)

When: Friday May 24th, at 6pm

Where: In front of 800 Square Victoria, Montréal, QC H3C 1E8

Who: Migrant workers will be present to speak about their experiences and explain their demands

On Friday, May 24th, a coalition of organizations who defend the rights of people struggling with precarious work and will meet with representatives from the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity (Minister Agnès Maltais). This meeting follows a public consultation on April 5th and a press conference on May 1st to pressure the government to consult with some of the most vulnerable people in our society as the Parti Québecois prepares a new law on precarious work. During this meeting, these organizations explained concretely the issues surrounding precarious work. In their words:

“My status as a temporary worker forced me into many exploitative situations. I had to face employers who were discriminatory and racist. One of the employers didn’t pay my salary at all until I filed a complaint with the Commission des Normes du Travail, while another restaurant never paid me at all. Right now I am working as a cook with the lowest wage among other cooks…The temporary status creates exploitation” Neil, from the Coalition of Temporary Workers

“I work at a company that hires 90% workers from temporary placement agencies. They are fired without cause, work without basic workplace safety requirements, are not given holiday pay and overtime, are not able to make complaints about highly dangerous workplace situations, and are still considered “temporary” workers after years of continuous employment”. Louis, from the Temporary Agency Worker Association

The Minister has heard us. We are only waiting for her to act with full consideration of those who are most affected by her legal project; namely those with precarious work and status situations.

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For more information:

Noé Arteaga (French/Spanish) noe@iwc-cti.ca

Mostafa Henaway (English) mostafa@iwc-cti.ca

 

Source:

Immigrant Worker’s Centre: (514) 342-2111  (CTI-IWC)

Temporary Agency Worker’s Association (ATTAP-TAWA)

Dignidad Migrante

Mexicans United for Regularisation

PINAY