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UFCW Canada addresses migrants' rights at Mexico workshop

Date

2011-10-31

Authors

UFCW Canada

Abstract

Recently, in the Mexico municipality of Tulcingo de Valle, in the State of Puebla, UFCW Canada shared its advocacy experience of working with migrants in Canada at a "Workshop on Basic Knowledge and Tools on Migration". It was one of series of workshops organized by the Citizens' Observatory on Public Policies Migrant - Puebla.

Series title

UFCW Media and News

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Recently, in the Mexico municipality of Tulcingo de Valle, in the State of Puebla, UFCW Canada shared its advocacy experience of working with migrants in Canada at a "Workshop on Basic Knowledge and Tools on Migration". It was one of series of workshops organized by the Citizens' Observatory on Public Policies Migrant - Puebla.

The workshop focused on Labor Rights and was attended by representatives of migrants’ associations and migrants from the Mixteca region of Puebla. American organizations including the Global Workers Justice Alliance also shared their experience advocating on the behalf of migrant workers in the USA.

UFCW Canada representative Andrea Galvez presented a critical analysis of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (CSAWP), underscoring CSAWP's deficiencies in addressing the human and labour rights of workers in the program including the exclusion of temporary workers from the annual consultations on CSAWP terms and pay rates; restrictions on their labour mobility; and the lack of political representation and the absence of public policies in Mexico and Canada to protect the rights of migrant workers in Canada.

"The exploitation of migrant workers can only be countered by a comprehensive cross-border strategy," says Sister Galvez. "That strategy includes developing networks of solidarity, continued advocacy, and an unrelenting campaign to lobby and pressure governments to provide legislation to protect and respect the rights of migrant workers."

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Content types

Policy analysis, Documented cases of abuse, and Support initiatives

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers and Public awareness

Regulation domains

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

Geographical focuses

Canada and México

Languages

English