The harsh reality of being a Migrant worker often goes unnoticed. In a world of hyper-consumption, many people often forget where their goods, services, and food come from and they are typically unaware of the environments in which these products are created.
VANCOUVER, BC - January 30, 2012 - A protest at the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver got personal as dozens of community and labour activists gathered to show their support for Victor Robles in the wake of his alleged blacklisting by Mexico and its consular staff in Vancouver.
Before mid-March, the Harper government is expected to release its next budget — a budget that finance minister Jim Flaherty says will focus on "economic growth and jobs." Unfortunately, the Harper record indicates that "growth" will mean growing profits for corporations. As for "jobs", the focus there will be on slashing public service jobs to add to the real unemployment rate that is now at least 10.6%, and almost double that at 19.7% for young workers.
On February 24, Daniel Lopez is going to lose his job. Daniel works in a warehouse in Mira Loma, California, moving goods for Walmart day in and day out. With what he is paid for unloading hundred pound boxes from containers in the broiling heat, Daniel supports his four young children, two daughters and two sons. He works extremely long hours, usually six days a week, yet still is paid only poverty wages for this grueling work. He has no holidays, sick days, or health insurance.
On January 21st, thousands of union activists, labour leaders, and local politicians gathered in London, Ontario for a massive rally against U.S.-based Caterpillar's lockout of 465 workers at the city’s Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) plant.
The Students Against Migrant Exploitation (SAME) chapter at Brock University in southern Ontario recently organized an event that mobilized a large group of students to sign a petition against farm worker exploitation.