Temporary Foreign Workers Rights

April 9, 2010


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Temporary Foreign Workers Rights
Temporary Foreign Workers Rights
dated April 9, 2010



 

Port Elgin, Ontario
April 9, 2010
      

Port Elgin, Ontario
April 9, 2010



Yessy Byl
Alberta Federation of Labour

       "In 2004 we had 126,000 temporary foreign workers as of December one of 2004. Four years later, four years, we doubled that number. We now had 252,000 temporary foreign workers. Canada has become a snotty elitist country. We don't want no low skill scum immigrating anymore. We only allow skilled workers to immigrate to this country. We'd rather bring in workers with no rights than bring in people with permanent residency rights."



 

Yessy Byl
Alberta Federation of Labour

       "Once the employer has a Labour Market Opinion it is the worker, it's the foreign person who must go and apply for a work permit. But that work permit also says that you are only allowed to work in Canada under very specific conditions. One, for this particular employer. Two, in this particular job and three in this particular location. So they are completely at the mercy of the employer. And yet this program has set up a them and us kind of scenario. Its increased racism because employers use this program to bring in foreign workers often paying them substantially less than they would pay a Canadian. The problem is this kind of a system is inherently exploitative."



 

Rick Laporte
CAW Local 444 President

       "I personally experienced what can happen with temporary foreign workers. We represent a workplace in a small town of Wheatley just outside of Windsor called Prestige Food. This workplace not only stripped away their rights as workers but stripped away their rights and freedom. They took all their passports, locked them up. Would not give them their passports where they couldn't leave anywhere. Put them all in a bunk house and controlled them in a bunk house. They had about thirty temporary workers in a bunk house that probably should have housed about ten of them. They had all the windows shut down. These people couldn't get out. It actually was incredible to see first hand."



 

Gavin McGarrigle
CAW National Representative

       "Make no mistake this is a money making exercise for the employers. It gives them a new type of labour that they can control and we should do everything we can to stop this program because the employers are still going to need workers to come in. They are going to need immigrants and if we can stamp out this program and put an end to it then we'll maybe get on the road to some fair immigration. And I absolutely agree in the areas where we do have temporary foreign workers we've got to protect them but you can stop the employers from bringing them in by saying we have a clause that says no indvidual contracts or agreements and your signing a different agreement with HRDC and we're not going to allow it and we're going to grieve it. So please support the resolution and lets end this despicable program."


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