Evidence pointing to Mexico blacklisting migrant workers in Canada stands, says BC Court of Appeal

Evidence pointing to Mexico blacklisting migrant workers in Canada stands, says BC Court of Appeal


BCLRB Decision of the Board - Mexico vs BCLRB
20 March 2014

BC Supreme Court Judgement - Mexico vs BCLRB
15 Jan 2014

LRB Response to Mexico BC Supreme Court Petition

Declaration of Victor Robles re: Blacklist

B.C. court rules against Mexico in dispute over seasonal farm workers
Globe and Mail – February 3, 2015

British Columbia high court rules Mexico involved in union busting
Sun News – February 3, 2015

BC hearings start into Blacklisting of Mexican migrant workers
UFCW Canada – February 21, 2012

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

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


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

Vancouver – January 30, 2015 – For the second time, Mexico’s claim of sovereign immunity has failed to convince a BC court to quash evidence that pointed to the Mexican government blacklisting Mexican migrant workers from returning to Canada because they were suspected of being union sympathizers.

“This is a victory for the workers,” says Ivan Limpright, the president of UFCW Canada Local 1518, “and a warning to Mexico that sovereign immunity is not a license to abuse the rights of workers in our country.”

The evidence had originally been presented in 2012 to the BC Labour Relations Board (BCLRB) by UFCW Canada Local 1518 (United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada Local 1518). The case revolved around a BC agriculture operation where migrant agriculture workers had succeeded in forming a UFCW Canada Local 1518 union bargaining unit.

On Friday, the BC Court of Appeal upheld a January 2014 ruling by the BC Supreme Court to allow the BCLRB to rule on testimony from former Mexico consular officials, along with leaked documents that overwhelmingly pointed to blacklisting. Ultimately, the BCLRB determined that Mexico had altered documents in an attempt to cover up its union-busting activities (see www.ufcw.ca/blacklist).

With Friday’s Court of Appeal ruling against Mexico, the BCLRB decision stands. The Court of Appeal was unanimous in it decision explaining, “The Board was doing no more than vindicating the rights of persons in British Columbia.”

Mexico has 60 days to decide whether to apply for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“Blacklisting is a violation of our border and of the people who work here. Labour rights are human rights that apply to all workers in Canada, no matter here they come from,” says UFCW Canada National President Paul Meinema. “That is the truth, that is the law, and Mexico must respect both.”

For more than two decades, UFCW Canada has led a campaign for the labour and human rights of domestic and agriculture workers in Canada.