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28 Aug 2023

Financial Post (Canada)

Justice for Migrant Workers (J4MW) strongly condemns the federal government for repatriation of whistleblowers and simultaneous introduction of 'Recognized Employer Pilot'

…Justice for Migrant Workers (J4MW) writes today to strongly condemn the recent repatriation of seven migrant farm workers whistleblowers who raised issues regarding alleged workplace harassment and deplorable housing conditions…

Videos were widely circulated on social media depicting the issues faced by the workers and how the employer responded to the issues. As several workers involved in the stoppage were sent home, other workers are raising concerns that they could be next. At the same time as workers were being repatriated, the employer was permitted to employ a new group of workers from another source country. Both the premature repatriation and the employment of new workers are attempts by the employer to suppress workplace resistance…

J4MW is demanding the following steps are undertaken:

  • Permanent status for all current and former migrant workers
  • An end to the tied work permit system
  • An end to unilateral repatriations and disbarment from employment in Canada
  • Full inclusion in programs such as Employment Insurance, Healthcare and Canada Pension Plan
  • Sectoral bargaining for all workers employed under the Temporary Foreign Worker program
  • Access to healthcare
  • Access to education
  • Family reunification for migrant workers…