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Call for Action against migrant worker wage cuts!

Date

2012-05-22

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J4MW

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Equal Pay for Equal Work
Call for Action against migrant worker wage cuts!

The Conservative government has given employers in Canada freer rein to exploit migrants. Employers can now pay migrant workers 15% below the average wage. This is an outrage! To discriminate on wages simply on the basis of nationality is unfair. Considering that most migrant workers are people of colour, this wage cut is simply racist.

The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, a community-labour alliance of over 40 organizations, will be demonstrating at MP Joe Oliver (Cabinet Minister for Toronto)’s office on May 24th.

Toronto
11am, May 24, 2012
Outside MP Joe Oliver’s Office
511 Lawrence Avenue West (Bathurst & Lawrence)
http://www.facebook.com/events/298747456880328/

Simultaneous Pickets & demonstrations are also happening in Vancouver, Kitchener-Waterloo & London. Get involved! Additional actions in other cities to be announced soon.

Kitchener-Waterloo
11am, May 24th, 2012
Outside MP Peter Braid’s Office
22 King Street South, Kitchener
http://www.facebook.com/events/305862182832282

London
11am, May 24th, 2012
Outside MP Susan Truppe’s Office
546 King St, London
http://www.facebook.com/events/233239723452828/

Vancouver
9:30am, May 24th, 2012
Outside MP Wai Young’s Office
6406 Victoria Drive, Vancouver


Migrant Workers Alliance for Change’s demands:
- A RIGHT TO LANDING STATUS be granted upon arrival for migrant workers. They must not be tied to one employer, be required to live in their employer’s home, or be subject to further medical examination;
- A RIGHT TO EQUAL ACCESS for all social programs, including Employment Insurance, health care, settlement services, social services and Workers’ Compensation;
- A RIGHT TO A FAIR APPEAL PROCESS for migrant workers prior to a pre-removal order, and a stop to deportations until this process is in place;
- A RIGHT TO FULL PROTECTION UNDER THE PROVINCIAL EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT AND REGULATIONS currently enjoyed by Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents, including NO FEES for any work placement.
- Immediately implement a NATIONAL REGULARIZATION PROGRAM granting permanent immigration status for all non-residents living in Canada.

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