BC hearings start into Blacklisting of Mexican migrant workers


Declaration of Victor Robles re: Blacklist

B.C. labour activists rally for Mexican migrant workers
CBC News - December 18, 2011

Vancouver protest on International Migrants Day aimed at Mexico blacklisting
UFCW Canada - December 18, 2011

Migrant farmers discriminated after joining union
24 Hours - Vancouver - December 18, 2011

Concerns BC migrant workers are being blacklisted
News1130 - December 18, 2011

Santa gets political in Vancouver
London Free Press - December 17, 2011

"Stop the Blacklisting" protesters hold mock funeral outside Mexico Consulate in Vancouver
UFCW Canada - November 14, 2011

Migrant workers protest alleged union blacklisting
The Province - November 14, 2011

Mexican migrant workers picket consulate in Vancouver
Calgary Herald - November 14, 2011

Protesta contra Consulado Mexicano por crear listas negra
CNN EXPANSIÓN  - October 21, 2011

Labour sympathizers 'blacklisted'
Vancouver Sun - October 18, 2011

BC activists protest Mexico claim of immunity
UFCW Canada - October 17, 2011

Mexico claims immunity in B.C. charges
UFCW Canada - October 17, 2011

Members of Mexican Congress demand answers
UFCW Canada - May 27, 2011

Union busting allegations outlined at Mexico City media conference
UFCW Canada - May 18, 2011

Mexican Gov't Union Busting in BC, Charges Union
the Tyee - May 11, 2011

Charges allege Mexico consulate blacklisted migrant workers
UFCW Canada - May 10, 2011

Backgrounder media release, 10 May 2011

Mexico blocking labour activists: Canadian union
CBC News - May 10, 2011

Union accuses Mexican consulate of blacklisting farm workers
Metro Vancouver - May 10, 2011


Declaration of Victor Robles re: Blacklist

Charges filed against Mexico and Sidhu

Charges filed against Mexico and Floralia, 28 April 2011

Evidence re:  blacklist activity

Mexico's claim of immunity, 19 August 2011

Union's response to Mexico's claim of immunity, 6 September 2011

BC Labour Board hearing begins into unfair labour practice charges that Sidhu & Sons Nursery conspired with Mexican Consulate against Mexican migrant farm workers who formed union

Vancouver, BC - February 21, 2012 - Hearings into charges of unfair labour practices, including the blacklisting of Mexican migrant workers through the collusion of the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver, began Monday at the BC Labour Relations Board (BCLRB). The charges were filed by UFCW Canada Local 1518 — the union the workers joined.

While the LRB ruled recently that Mexico is entitled to state immunity and therefore not subject to the BCLRB’s jurisdiction, the Board’s ruling recognized that the actions of Mexico are relevant and important to the union’s allegation of improper interference. The union has appealed the BCLRB decision that recognized state immunity for Mexico, arguing there is a strong legal foundation for its argument that Mexico deserves to be held accountable under BC labour law for its actions.

Video testimony by blacklisted workers in Mexico is expected to form a significant part of the evidence presented by the union to support its charges.

The union-busting charges were filed by UFCW Canada Local 1518, which represents migrant agricultural workers at Sidhu and Sons Nursery Limited, and at Floralia Plant Growers Limited in the Lower Mainland.  (see www.ufcw.ca/stoptheblacklist). The charges against Floralia are scheduled to be heard at a later date by the LRB.

Collective bargaining agreements with Local 1518 are in place at both locations, after a majority of workers at Sidhu and Floralia voted to unionize. The migrant workers come to Canada each season under the Canadian Seasonal Agriculture Workers Program (CSAWP) — a bilateral agreement administered by the federal government to which Mexico is a signatory."While we are pleased to see the charges against this employer finally proceed to a hearing, we intend to continue the legal fight to see Mexico held accountable for its role in blacklisting these workers,” says Ivan

Limpright, President of UFCW 1518. “It is especially dangerous to our basic freedoms when a government inappropriately intervenes to deny workers their basic rights, and that includes our labour laws, and the right of all workers, including migrant workers, to join a union."

“In Canada you play by Canadian rules, including our labour laws which apply to all workers including migrant workers," says Wayne Hanley, the National President of UFCW Canada. "Migrant agriculture workers are among the most vulnerable and exploited workers in Canada, and we will continue the fight to see their fundamental human and labour rights are recognized and honoured,” he says.

The hearings in the Sidhu case are scheduled to last ten days.