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Simoncoe

COME AND SUPPORT MIGRANT FARM WORKERS’ RIGHTS TO LIVE AND BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITIES!

Date and time

2011.12.13, 5:00 PM

Details

On December 13, 2011, Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) is urging community members and allies to attend this important county council meeting and support the rights of migrant workers to live in our communities. Justicia for Migrant Workers are urging allies to provide deputations in support of the right of migrant workers. Recently in Norfolk county there has been strong opposition from local community members of Windham Centre to oppose the conversion of a former elementary school into a bunkhouse for migrant workers. Some community members have expressed concern that if migrant workers are to be permitted to live next to them the sheer number of migrants will lead to “a potential increase in crime, pressure on existing water and septic systems, and a decrease in local property values” according to the local newspaper. A resident was quoted in the same story arguing that the migrant workers should not permitted to live at the potential site because it is not adjoined to the employer’s property. The resident argues “A bunkhouse is supposed to be on the property where (the workers) are employed and where they are under supervision.”
The comments are unacceptable and offensive to the dignity of the men and women who grow our food. Furthermore, these disturbing comments expose a trend of racism that appears to be too common in farming areas where the presence of migrant workers is essential to their economy. Migrant workers are welcome to toil in our fields but they are not good enough to live as our neighbours.
J4MW strongly condemns the xenophobic and racist response from the community to the tentative arrival of approximately 40 migrant workers to their community. Rather than attack the workers and deny their presence in Windham centre, J4MW is urging that:
• migrant worker rights to be respected by the community
• refocus efforts to ensure that migrant housing is protected through landlord tenant legislation which currently excludes agricultural operations
• bunkhouses and other migrant farmworker housing is open to inspection from migrant rights organization such as J4MW
• migrant workers’ rights at work are respected and that steps will be provided to ensure anti-reprisal measures against workers who want to complain relating to working and living conditions
Newspapers links for references:
Migrant bunkhouse plan for Windham Centre meets with resistance-Simcoe Reformer
http://www.simcoereformer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3375128
Company Defends Plans for Former School- Brantford Expositor
http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/PrintArticle.aspx?e=3384092
For more information:
web: www.justicia4migrantworkers.org
tumblr: http://j4mw.tumblr.com/
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/justice4mw
twitter: http://twitter.com/j4mw
e-mail: j4mw.on@gmail.com

Venue

Norfolk County Administration Building, Council Chambers

Address

50 Colborne St. South

City

Simoncoe

Province

Ontario

Postal code

N3Y 4H3

Country

Canada

Links

Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Content types

Documented cases of abuse and Support initiatives

Target groups

Public awareness

Regulation domains

Health and safety at work, Social security, (Im)migrant workers selection criteria, Right to equality (gender), Health care & social services, Family reunification, Status regularization procedures, Right to unionize, Newcomers integration programs, Right to proper information, Remittances and co-development programs, Legal aid, Determination fair wages and labour shortage, Right to liberty, Right to choose place of residence, Access to permanent status, Migration expenses reimbursement mechanisms, Impartial hearing before deportation, Right to change employer, Recrutement / placement agencies, Trips abroad and re-entries, Labour standards, Housing standards, Right to dignity, Free employment services, Right to equality (social status), Employment insurance, Right to equality (national origin), and Right to privacy

Geographical focuses

Ontario

Languages

English