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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

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From Migrant Voices to MayWorks: Art Activism and Interventions with the IWC

From Migrant Voices to MayWorks: Art Activism and Interventions with the IWC Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 8 to May 11 2013
Beginning this Saturday February 8th at 2:30 p.m.
Immigrant Workers Centre
4755 Van Horne, Suite 110
Metro Plamondon or bus 161

The Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) and Engrenage Rouage Noir invite participants to take part in a community activist art project, co-created by workers and for workers to share stories of resistance and dignity in struggle.

From Migrant Voices to Mayworks offers a series of workshops to engage with arts, media and collective strategies to bring vision and voice to struggles for workplace justice. In the coming weeks, participants will explore a variety of approaches, based on Theatre of the Oppressed (Brazil/ Argentina), La Pocha Nostra (Mexico/California), El Teatro Campesino (California) and the work of invited local and international arts activists and collectives. Engaging with a variety of media, theatre, text, video, photography, visual arts, sound and performance, participants will work towards a collectively-created performance for MayWorks 2013, a festival that celebrates the struggle of working people through the arts. This initiative also builds upon Migrant Voices project, a grassroots radio project in which workers recorded a series of audio testimonies chronicling their experiences of exploitation, but also of courage and collective power.

Please join us in the first steps of building this project together. If you are interested, curious, or simply ready to have some fun, you can take part in devising this work with friends and allies of the IWC.

For more information, or to register, please contact Mostafa Henaway and/or Koby Rogers Hall at iwc_cti@yahoo.ca

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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