MUR and Dignidad Migrante’s demands on precarious work

Posted on: May 1st, 2013 by noe arteaga


1. Employment agencies are part of the phenomenon known as outsourcing or tertiary work. Through this form of exploitation, employers increase their wealth at the expense of the rights of workers. In our opinion, the only realistic solution at the root of this problem is to ban the practice of de facto labor rights in favor of employers.

2. Such a ban will allow the working class (especially immigrants) to have full access to basic labor rights: the right to unionize, benefits (overtime, holiday, RRSP contributions, competitive salaries without cuts to agencies, access to compensation and insurance in case of accidents, etc.).

3. The removal of employment agencies must be accompanied by the expropriation of their property and assets, as well as fines for companies that have used them. In this way, there would be a background to begin a program of full employment. We propose a public job bank where all companies would be required to hire workers to fulfil their missing labor needs, with offices available in each district (using, for example, those agencies) and operated by these workers and their unions.

4. Obviously we believe that any demand made by precarious workers must be accompanied by minimal measures of social equality, such as the restitution of cut benefits, such as welfare, the budget for child care; the establishment of measures such as the elimination of the health bill, freeze tuition fees with an increase in funding for education, freezing utility rates, and progressive taxation of the rich and large companies (such as banks and mining). Also, it must establish a sliding scale of working hours (the distribution of jobs available for all workers and all workers available, as has been done in Gaspésie) (The Gazette, 26/04/2013) and wages (with automatic increases following the rise in consumer prices) as well as legislation that prohibits lockouts.

5. In our opinion, the condition of precarious workers is closely linked with migratory status. That is why we demand the elimination of the provincial government of the requisition to have a license to use and allow access to dignified work with all the legal benefits. At the same time, we demand that the Quebec provincial government to put pressure on the federal government to establish immediately an urgent regularization program for all and all immigrants and that starts with an immediate halt to deportations. We believe this is the only way to guarantee and safeguard the physical integrity, life and human rights in our community and all immigrant communities.

At the same time, we are fighting for a labor reform that will allow access to any and all migrants a decent job with the same conditions as citizens regardless of their implicit status.

Mexico’s ‘safe country’ label gets mixed reviews “Embassy News”

Posted on: March 3rd, 2013 by noe arteaga

Who’s not happy? A group of Mexican asylum seekers and their supporters called Mexicans United for Regularization held a press conference in Montreal on Feb. 22 to denounce the decision. In an interview with Embassy, spokesperson Romina Hernandez pointed to a degradation of human rights and high numbers of killed and displaced people amid Mexico’s drug war. “We know that Mexico is not a safe country, most of the parts of Mexico,” she said. But government officials have pointed out that just because a country is unsafe doesn’t mean it’s producing refugees. A per- son would need a well-founded fear of perse- cution and couldn’t get state protection.




Posted on: February 2nd, 2013 by noe arteaga