Centre for Labour Management Relations releases study on ex-PMP workers

Toronto, Ontario

June 25, 2013


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Centre for Labour Management Relations releases study on ex-PMP workers.
June 25, 2013






Toronto, Ontario
June 25, 2013


Aparna Sundar
Assistant Professor Department of Politics and Public Administration
Ryerson University

"This is really why we titled our report " An Immigrant All Over Again", in the sense that many of the participants, in fact all of them, agreed that things are much harder for them now then when they first came to the country twenty years ago, thirty years ago. Then even thought they didn't have very strong english language skills, they may not have had diplomas, they got hired almost immediately. whereas now with retraining, with better english language skills they are actually finding it much much harder."


Winnie Ng
CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy
Ryerson University

"In a way this is also a unique study, it is one of the few studies that focus on a group of racialized older immigrant workers in a non unionized setting.

For five years after the closures we find only one third of these workers have secured full-time standard employment. The rest, twenty percent are currently not working and close to half, forty six percent are in some form of precarious work. All of them talk about their wages moving from living wages to poverty wages with no benefits."



Grace Edward GalaBuzi
Associate Professor Department of Politics and Public Administration
Ryerson University

"Precarious employment is becoming increasingly prevalent in the Canadian economy and that has particular implications for particular groups that are historically disadvantaged within the labour market. What it essentially does, it intensifies their vulnerability within the labour market."


 Fa Lim
Ex-PMP Worker & Study Outreach Leader

"After five years of the closure of PMP the company stills owes us over thirty million dollars. The bankruptcy laws still put workers at the bottom of the list. The worker who sweats for the company should get compensated first, that is only fair and that is justice."


Vann Chan
Ex-PMP Worker

"We are immigrants and we don't speak english good and we need a job, we really need a job. Out there for us it is very tight and it is hard to looking for a job. "


Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

"The CAW and other labour affiliates and other advocate groups out there fighting for economic and social justice have been advocating to change the bankruptcy laws for a tremendous amount of years. I think the study will give us the tools to be an advocate at the halls of power, whether it is at the municipality, whether it is at the legislature provincially or whether it is at the federal level. In the CAW we are going to continue to commit to represent organized workers and unorganized workers.

If one takes a look at the document that CEP and CAW put together to form UNIFOR. There are all kinds of references about thinking outside the box. That means contract workers, that means workers of minority groups that want to join a union bet can't get over the hurtle. So there are opportunities for us out there. Simply put we have to think outside the box and what this report provides us with is some tools to think outside the box because it not only challenges legislators it challenges the roll of the labour movement and the historic strength of the labour movement so we better get to work."



Buzz Hargrove
Co-Director, Centre for Labour Management Relations
Ryerson University

"We have to take advantage of the media, take the information base from the PMP workers, it is excellent, and convince a lot of media folks that want to raise some of these issues, that want to get them on the public agenda to raise them as well but it can't be just the labour movement."



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