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"What this Country Did to Us, it Did to Itself" : a Report of the B.C. Human Rights Commission on the Farmworkers & Domestic Workers

Date

1983

Authors

Human Rights Commission of British Columbia.

Abstract

This 1983 report, based on May 21, 1982 public hearings, was, at the time, an historic recognition by one agency of the BC provincial government of systemic legislative racism in government policies. The CFU brief outlined stopping all legislative discrimination against farmworkers and was supported by 28 organizations. The Commission accepted the gist of the presentations which called for the equality of farm workers before the law. Recommendations included; all exclusions of farmworkers be removed under provincial Employment Standards Act; Industrial Camp Regulations implemented; protection from pesticides, including showers; also extended to Domestic Workers. Six months later, the Human Rights Commission of British Columbia was closed and its staff fired during the Social Credit BC Premier Bill Bennett's 'Restaint Budget' that soon led to the province-wide 'Operation Solidarity' labour strikes and 'Solidarity Coaltion' community fightback.

Place published

[Victoria]

Publisher

Human Rights Commission of British Columbia

Notes

22 cm.

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, and General farm workers

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

Policymakers, Public awareness, Employers, agencies and their representatives, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

British Columbia

Spheres of activity

Law

Languages

English