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Justice for L’Amour textile workers!

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The Struggle Continues: Support Picket with Immigrant Textile workers

Justice for L’Amour textile workers!!!

The Struggle Continues: Support Picket with Immigrant Textile workers ::
Justice for L’Amour textile workers!!!

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Monday July 14th, 2008
8:30am-9:30am
35 Port-Royal East.
Port-Royal and St. Laurent.
(metro Sauve)or 55 north from metro De castelnau get off at Port-Royal
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On Monday July 14th, a group of textile workers once again will go
in front of the Labour relations board to demand justice and respect.
This fight is now in its 10th month in the courts and in the public.
for proper compensation from the apparel company, L’Amour Inc.

As the workers themselves state “we were unceremoniously laid off in
2007” Many of the workers had been working for over 10 years, some of
them had worked there for over 20 years.

During this time, Lamour Inc. has become a very profitable company for its
owners. It goes without saying, that it was principally years of
workers hard work that produced for this company. Lamour Inc. boasts
that it is a leading company in the apparel industry and has operations
in places like China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India with over 2500
workers worldwide.
A long-time partner of the retail giant Walmart, it recently broke into
the US market last July, 2007 by taking over, Terramar Sports, a company
based in Tarrytown, New York.

Yet the daily conditions of the workers resembled more and more
conditions from the early 1900’s. The campaign is also to highlight
their daily injustices in the factory.

::Testimony from the L’Amour Workers Committee::

Despite this, many of us suffered horrible working conditions over
the years. One example of this was being locked in during the night
shift. Under these conditions, we were always in danger of being
trapped and burned alive in the case of an industrial fire.

For those of us doing piece work we were not paid when our machines broke
down and we could not produce our quota. Even then, we could not go home

because the doors were locked. Some of us were forced to have our meals at
our stations while we continued to work, which meant that we virtually had
no breaks.

As if this was not bad enough, we felt deceived when a union was set up in

2004 that we believe to be a “pro-management” union to prevent us from
organizing ourselves into a genuine and militant workers’ union that would
have fought for our rights, our jobs and our dignities. After years of
collecting our union dues, we feel this union has not produced positive
results for the workers’ conditions, welfare and job security.

We wish to expose Lamour Inc. as leading nothing in this industry but the
art of exploiting workers. Our demands are simple. We want to be
compensated fairly for the years of loyalty we’ve shown this company. Most
of all, we want our dignity back and call for justice for the dismissed
L’Amour workers!

Again the Lamour workers committee and the Immigrant Workers Centre
is calling for support to show that an injury to one is an injury to
all.

Justice for textile Workers!!

Textile Workers Campaign is endorsed and support by:
-The Immigrant Workers Centre
-Centre for Philippine Concerns
PINAY – Filipino Women’s Organization of Quebec
Solidarity Across Borders
No One Is Illegal

Media Advisory: Rally in support of migrant farm worker

Friday May 11, 8:00 am
Holiday Inn, 99 Viger Avenue West (Metro Place d’Armes), Montreal
A rally in support of Noé Arteaga and temporary migrant farm workers seeking justice and dignity in Quebec.

Les Serres du St-Laurent Inc, a Quebec company which produces Savoura tomatoes, summarily fired and deported Arteaga Santos to Guatemala after he and other workers participated in a work stoppage to draw attention to the plight of a fellow worker, who was not receiving the medical treatment he needed.

In solidarity with all migrant farm workers, a rally will be held on Friday May 11th to demand that this worker be re-instated at work and that his other demands for basic justice – such as overtime pay, the cost of the plane ticket to Guatemala, and an apology – be met by Savoura. We also demand that he be given status and we call for the full regularization of all non-status people.Statement by Arteaga: www.cmaq.net/fr/node/37655

Background

Noé Arteaga Santos, a former temporary migrant worker, has brought a complaint before Québec’s Commission des relations du travail against Les Serres du St-Laurent Inc, a Quebec company which produces Savoura tomatoes. The company summarily fired and deported Arteaga Santos to Guatemala after he and other workers participated in a work stoppage to draw attention to the plight of a fellow worker, who was not receiving the medical treatment he needed. After returning to Canada, he launched the complaint to protest this and other unjust treatment by Savoura. The complaint has gone to arbitration, and the next arbitration hearing will take place on Friday, May 11th.

Under Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Programme (TFWP), Quebec agri-businesses increasingly rely on cheap “disposable workers” from Guatemala, Mexico and other countries in Central America and the Caribbean. More than 4000 temporary Guatemalan farm workers are employed in Canada, mostly in Québec.

Canada, in fact, relies on foreign workers to satisfy different industry and service demands for short-term cheap labour in sectors like seasonal agriculture, live-in care-givers, oil sands construction, and food-processing. But reforms that were brought in last December prevent temporary workers from getting status in Canada by restricting them to working four years in Canada and then barring them from returning to the country for six years. While workers are barred after four years, employers are free to continue to bring workers from different source countries. This entrenches a permanent workforce that is expendable and powerless in exercising workers’ rights – an exploitable underclass of vulnerable workers who live without status and who are deprived of the most basic protections.

In this context, those who dare to speak out against violations or insist on their contract rights, like Arteaga, are quickly and brutally dealt with. It is crucial that others in Quebec, who benefit from the fruit of their labour, stand up in solidarity.

The 2011 reforms are part of a larger shift in Canada’s immigration policy towards creating a disposable migrant workforce with few rights. Since 2008, the number of workers admitted through the temporary foreign worker program exceeded the number of those admitted with permanent residency. Refugee quotas for 2010 were slashed by 60%, and deportations have doubled in the last decade. The number of permanent residents is decreasing each year. Funding for family reunification programs has been cut, and there is restricted access to citizenship through skilled worker programs for people who respond to a designated 38 occupations. The newly introduced Bill C-31 proposes further reforms that will make it more difficult for refugees to get to Canada and will punish some of those who do make it with mandatory detention and more barriers to status.

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For more information:
 
Source:
Ad Hoc Committee to support Noé Arteaga

The Contract

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Montréal International Women’s Conference set for August 13-16, 2010

Media Advisory, Montreal, Quebec, Friday, August 6, 2010

The first Montreal International Women’s Conference hosted by the Committee of Women of Diverse Origins is set to get underway August 13-16, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec.

For close to a decade a group of Montreal-based women have been working tirelessly to improve women’s lives here and abroad. They are the Committee of Women of Diverse Origins, and as the name suggests, their members have roots in several countries and they take on a number of social issues from migrants’ rights to violence against women. What makes their approach unique are their strong links to and participation in women’s struggles in their countries of origin including the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Iran, Palestine, Pakistan, Mexico, Ecuador, and Mali, bringing militancy and a truly global perspective to their work here in Quebec and Canada.

August 13-16, 2010, the Committee of Women of Diverse Origins will host the first Montreal International Women’s Conference with the theme of Building a Global Militant Women’s Movement in the 21st century. They are joined by co-conveners from the south including Gabriela Philippines, Asian Rural Women’s Network and Action Network for Marriage Migrants Rights and Empowerment (AMORRE).

Tess Tesalona, Conference Coordinator: “The over two hundred women that will be at this conference represent women’s networks and struggles around the world. Many of these women are on the front lines of life and death situations and resistance movements in their home countries. For us, feminist concerns are not in a vacuum but are related to a broader social context.”

For the past nine years the Committee has organized a March 8 conference and demonstration, mobilizing and inspiring women young and old to support and join struggles against war and violence. This conference, honouring 100 years since the declaration of International Women’s Day, will build on past initiatives, bringing together women from 19 countries and f

IWC on Radio Show

CKUT in collaboration with IWC broadcasting community radio show from Nelson Mandela park (corner Victoria and Barcklay) THis Wednesday July 22nd, 2009 between 5:30 and 7:30!

Come to support our community and delight on our free snacks!!!!