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Migrant workers respond to federal and provincial governments’ ‘double-assault’ on rights of temporary foreign workers

Notice to the media

Migrant workers respond to federal and provincial governments’ ‘double-assault’ on rights of temporary foreign workers

Wednesday May 1st, 2013 at 10 A.M.

 

Immigrants Workers’ Centre, 4755 Van Horne, office number 110 (Plamondon Metro), Montreal.

 

This May Day, a coalition of temporary foreign workers, live-in caregivers, temporary agency workers and workers without status is speaking out about changes announced Monday by the federal government to the Low Skilled Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

Mohammad, a temporary worker from New Brunswick, will speak out about how Monday’s announcements had an immediate and direct impact threatening his ability to work and stay in Canada. “We are not asking for anything but a minimum of respect for our rights as temporary migrant workers,” says Mohammad.

In response to an announcement raising the minimum wage and breaking the 10$ mark, the coalition demands that the minimum wage be brought to a “liveable” amount, at twelve dollars.

They are also denouncing the stark and often invisible realities lived by precarious workers.

During the last consultation on April 5th, over 60 immigrant workers from several organisations held an open discussion on the phenomenon of precarious work.  They called upon Quebec’s Minister of Labour, Agnès Maltais, putting forward a list of clear demands that the coalition says should be included in any new proposed law on precarious work, and urging the Minister to listen to those vulnerable workers who would be directly affected.

 

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For more information please contact:

The Immigrant Workers Centre, (514) 342-2111

Noé Arteaga (French) noe@iwc-cti.ca

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


Press conference May 1st.

Notice to the media

 

Press conference on the petitions made to the Minister of Labour Agnès Maltais and follow-up on the consultation of April 5th, 2013.

 

Wednesday May 1st, 2013 at 10 A.M.

 

Immigrants Workers’ Centre, 4755 Van Horne, office number 110 (Plamondon Metro), Montreal.

 

During the last consultation on April 5th, several organisations that fight for the rights of the most vulnerable groups in our society got together to have an open discussion on the phenomenon of precarious work.  The Minister of Labour, Agnès Maltais, was invited to this event to express our point of view and the demands that should be considered as part of the new proposed law on precarious work:

 

a) To demand that each agency acquire an annually renewable license.

b) To ensure that only credible and responsible agencies receive this permit, and to withdraw it if they are incapable of abiding by existing labour laws and regulations.

c) To give a security deposit that will, if necessary, cover the cost of all deductions taken from agency workers.

d) To demand that all agencies make known, as quickly as possible, any changes in their contact details or administration.

e) To establish fines for companies that do business with temporary work agencies that do not have a valid permit.

f)  To establish a principle of co-responsibility between temporary placement agencies and their corporate clients in accordance with Quebec labour laws that will guarantee that workers’ rights are respected.

-To hold temporary placement agencies as well as their corporate clients responsible for the workers they hire when financial issues (salary, paid vacations, etc.) are at stake.

-To hold either temporary placement agencies or their corporate clients (or both) responsible for workers’ rights violations (as is the case with unjustified firing, physical or psychological harassment, etc.)

g) To thoroughly enforce labour laws.

h) To make sure that temporary placement agencies and their corporate clients are responsible for everything pertaining to health and work security. This includes compensations from CSST.

i) To demand that the corporate clients of temporary work agencies permanently hire agency workers after three months of work.

 

During this press conference we will hold a follow up of the meeting and demand the labour minister to take into account the point of view of those directly affected by the proposed law; people with precarious status and employment situations.

 

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For more information please contact:

The Immigrant Workers Centre, (514) 342-2111

Noé Arteaga (French) noe@iwc-cti.ca

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

 

Source:

Immigrant Workers’ Centre (CTI-IWC)

Temporary Agency Workers’ Association (ATTAP-TAWA)

 

Community Groups Demand Better Protection for Precarious Workers

For immediate release April 3, 2013

Community Groups Demand Better Protection for Precarious Workers

 

On April 5th, the Immigrant Workers Center (IWC) and allied community organizations will put forward demands for a provincial law protecting precarious workers during a public assembly. Banding together under a common banner, domestic workers, migrant workers, undocumented workers and temporary agency workers will present their case pushing for legislation that includes CSST coverage for Live-in domestic workers, accountability of temp agencies and companies alike and better protection for temporary foreign workers regardless of their status. The groups are also looking to raise the minimum wage to twelve dollars per hour for the province. (more…)

St-Joseph Migrant Worker Violently Accosted at Agricultural Workers’ Mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory

– For Immediate Release- Montreal, July 17 2012- Migrant worker and activist Noe Arteaga Santos was violently accosted and detained during a mass held for seasonal agricultural workers at St.Joseph’s Oratory. Arteaga Santos had been present at the mass alongside members of Dignidad Migrante, Mexicans United for Regularization, and the Immigrant Workers Centre as part of a press conference held to raise awareness regarding the implications of the recent Bill C-38 where migrant worker access to Employment Insurance benefits are concerned.

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Women of the Century – March 8th 2011

The Mirror – Women of the Century – March 8th 2011