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Fight Back

Work Place Justice for Immigrants

Aziz Choudry, Jill Hanley, Steve Jordan, Eric Shragge, Martha Stiegman

Displacement of people, migration, immigration and the demand for labour are connected to the fundamental restructuring of capitalism and to the reduction of working class power through legislation to free the market from “state interference.” The consequence is that a large number of immigrant and temporary foreign workers face relentless competition and little in the way of protection in the labour market. Globally and in Canada, immigrant workers are not passive in the face of these conditions: they survive and fight back. This book documents their struggles and analyses them within the context of neoliberal globalization and the international and national labour markets. Fight Back grew out of collaboration between a group of university-affiliated researchers who are active in different social movements and community organizations in partnership with the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal. The book shares with us the experiences of immigrant workers in a variety of workplaces. It is based on the underlying belief that the best kind of research that tells “how it really is” comes from the lived experience of people themselves.

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Petition in support of Laid off Textile workers in Montreal!

Petition in support of Laid off Textile workers in Montreal!

To our friends and allies of the Immigrant Workers Center. We are
launching a petition as part of our campaign to seek real justice for
laid off textile workers, who are mainly low-waged immigrant workers
and in Montreal during this economic crisis. as they are being laid
off in the thousands without any compensation or ability to pay the
rent and feed the kids.

Please support the Immigrant Workers Center by signing the online
petition and join us to Quebec City to demonstrate in front of
the national assembly for all workers affected by this economic crisis.

In struggle and solidarity
Immigrant Workers Centre


Manif d’information pour les travailleurs du textile mis à pied: dépannage pour les travailleurs, pas les patrons!Bail out the workers not the bosses!

Manif d’information pour les travailleurs du
textile mis à pied: dépannage pour les travailleurs, pas les patrons!

Vendredi Avril 24 à 3pm,
Piquetage mobile à partir du coin de
st. Laurent et de Louvain
Comme la crise économique s’approfondit, le taux de chômage à Montreal en mars
a presque approche le 9,3%.
A Montreal l’industrie textile représente 55% pour cent de l’industrie des
textiles canadienne. Il représente presque 20% de l’industrie manufacturière à
Montréal. Pourtant, la majeure partie des travailleurs mis à pied dans le
climat économique actuel sont ceux de l’industrie textile. Certaines usines ont
licencié des milliers de travailleurs depuis le début de années 2000, de
nombreux sans aucune indemnisation. Plusieurs n’ont pas reçu les bénéfices pour
nouveaux formations,. La plupart des travailleurs du textile ont été de travail
dans les entreprises de plus de 10 ans, certains ayant plus de 20 années de

Pendant ce temps, de nombreuses entreprises sont devenues très rentables pour
les patrons. Certains ont même reçu le financement fédéral et provincial pour
améliorer leur technologie et de subventionner les salaires de manière à être
plus compétitives, pour réduire les coûts et augmenter les profits. La plupart
des entreprises textiles de fabrication ont déménagé aux endroits comme la
Chine, le Pakistan, le Bangladesh
et l’Inde pour bénéficier de coûts plus bas de main-d’œuvre et de compétences
spécialisées. Quand les gouvernements ont la capacité et obligation de faire
services pour aider les travailleurs à travers l’actuelle crise économique
mondiale, les travailleurs, en réalité, sont de plus en plus vulnérables.

Ici, au Québec, sans aucune possibilité de trouver de nouveaux travaux, les
travailleurs de textile ont été promis $ 500 millions de dollars pour maintenir
les travailleurs dans les usines à temps partiel. Il ne s’agit que d’une
tentative de subventionner leur crise. L’argent devrait être mis dans les
programmes pour les travailleurs qui les soutiennent pendant cette crise, pour
nourrir les familles et les donner de formation pour l’emploi.

Au cours de cette crise, des milliers de travailleurs et travailleuses
immigrants se sont retrouvées sans travail et incapable de travailler a cause
de la spéculation de ces entreprises qui ont fait baisser les salaires des
travailleurs par l’embauche de travailleurs temporaires, casser les syndicats,
et laissés sans aucun revenu ou d’aucun façon de soutenir leurs familles ici et

Joignez-vous à notre campagne pour obtenir justice pour les travailleurs
textiles et les autres travailleurs touchés par cette crise capitaliste.

Rally and info-picket for Laid off textile workers:
Bail out the workers not the bosses!

Friday April 24th at 3pm,
Roving picket starting at:
corner of st. Laurent and Louvain
(metro Sauve)or 55 north from metro De castelnau get off at


As the economic crisis deepens, Montreal unemployment rate in march
has almost reached 9.3% .
Montreal, textile industry represents 55% percent of the Canadian
textile industry. It makes up almost 20% of the manufacturing industry
in Montreal. Yet the bulk of those becoming laid off in the current
economic climate are those in the textile industry. Some factories
have laid off thousands of workers since in the early 2000’s, many
without any compensation, including packages to retrain workers in
such an economic climate. Most textile workers have been working in
the companies for more than 10 years, with some having more than 20
years of service.

During this time, many companies have become very profitable for its
owners. Some even received federal and provincial funding to upgrade
their technology and subsidize wages in order to be more competitive,
to cut cost and raise profits. Most textile companies have moved
manufacturing in places like China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India to
avail of the cheaper labour costs and specialized skills. While
governments have been paying lip service to help workers through the
current world economic crisis, workers in reality are becoming more
and more vulnerable.

Here in Quebec, without any possibilities of finding new work they
have been promised $500 million dollars to maintain workers in
factories part time. This is only an attempt to subsidize their
crisis. The money should be put into programs for workers that will
support them through this crisis, help feed there families and

During this crisis thousands of immigrant workers have been left
without work and unable to gain work due to the profiteering of these
companies who have pushed down the wages of workers by hiring temp
workers, busting unions, and left without any income or anyway of
supporting there families here and back home.

We have had experience with the useless programs for textile workers.
Emploi Quebec has such a program and for many of the textile workers
it is inaccessible from the start Frustrated by the bureaucracy and
the many loopholes preventing many of them from gaining any benefits
from this program, the workers are demanding better from their
government. This is the support from the Charest government to laid
off immigrant workers, who have been in this industry for over 20
years on average.

So join our campaign to seek justice for textile and other workers
affected by this capitalist crisis.

Lamour textile campaign is Endorsed by
Centre for Philippines Concern
Solidarity Across Borders
No One Is Illegal
Immigrant Workers Centre
Quebec Solidaire
Canadian Union of Postal workers
South Asian Womens Community Centre

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