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A MONTH AGAINST BORDERS AND DEPORTATIONS!

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by unidos

A MONTH AGAINST BORDERS AND DEPORTATIONS!

Solidarity Across Borders declares June 2016 a “Month Against Deportations.”

In the context of ongoing struggles for justice and dignity for all migrants, refugees and undocumented people, Solidarity Across Borders and allies are organizing actions throughout the month of June to publicly denounce the violence, racism and oppression of border controls, and their daily impact on tens of thousands of people in Montreal.

This summer we will amplify our voices as community members, lovers and fighters, with public art projects, demonstrations, community meals, and a variety of activities in fierce resistance to colonial borders and economies built on the deportation of certain people.

We invite you to join us this June, and into the future!
Not one more deportation! Down with colonial borders!

Schedule of events ::

★ Saturday June 4th @1pm: Borders are bonkers, theatre action
★ Saturday June 4th @7pm 
(location to be announced): Demo and block party with le Collectif de résistance antiraciste
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Saturday June 11th from 8am to 6pm: Picnic and soccer tournament with Antiracist Soccer  [https://www.facebook.com/events/476583835872683/]

★ Monday le 13 juin @18h: atelier ” FILM Audiotorie”

★ Tuesday June 14th @6:30pm, QPIRG Concordia (1500 de maisonneuve Ouest, room 204): “Building a Solidarity City” workshop
★ Thursday June 16th, evening in Parc Jarry: Film screening with Cinema Politica
★ Monday June 20th @6:30pm, QPIRG Concordia: 
workshop for new members of Solidarity Across Borders
★ Saturday & Sunday June 24&25 
(location & times to be announced): Party and mural painting!

Over the past decade, deeply racist and Islamophobic border controls have strengthened. These border controls fortify the “Global North” in order to manage the migration of people from the “Global South”, who are only permitted entry if they can contribute to the destructive advancement of Canadian capitalism, or be exploited under it. Extending its power through imperialism and colonial occupation of Indigenous land, the Canadian state uses these border controls to assure that the majority of those who migrate to Canada live and work in precarity.

As we fight this reality, we want to celebrate the inspiring struggles that have taken place this past year against racism and exploitation, by migrants here in Montreal and around the world.
We have taken to the streets under the banner of ‘Refugees Welcome’ along with others across the world, as the “migrant crisis” was spotlighted within global mainstream consciousness. We know that this crisis is nothing new, although we also know that there has been a notable increase in deaths, by the thousands, this past year, as a direct result of increased border militarization.
Here in Montreal, we have seen the inspiring mobilization of the Haitian community in a collective fight against deportations, following the lifting of the moratorium on deportations to Haiti and Zimbabwe, with the Non-Status Action Committee.
We have seen the Non Status Women’s Collective in Montreal courageously denounce their conditions of oppression and exploitation, demanding status for all. These non-status women have spoken about living their everyday lives as if hidden under a mask, invisible, and struggling for a life of dignity, security and peace. Non status people continue to live in precarity in the shadows of our society.

As we celebrate resistance in our communities, we also want to mourn those who lives were stolen while in the custody of immigration and border authorities.
Since the year 2000, 14 people have died in Canada Border Services Agency custody. Most recently, Francisco Javier Romero Astorga died while being detained at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ontario, in March 2016.
This is part of a larger struggle against police violence and anti-Black racism, which has seen the mobilizing, in Montreal, of Montreal Nord Republic and Montreal Noir, following the death of Jean-Pierre Bony by Montreal police in April 2016.

We know that struggles against immigration controls, for justice and dignity, are fought by thousands of people in our city, in our communities, often in isolation, and we want to honour those individuals and families for whom courageous resistance is part of daily life.

In confronting and actively fighting the systemic racism inherent in Canada’s exploitative immigration regime, and its oppressive foundations in capitalism and ongoing colonialism, we aspire towards strengthening our networks of solidarity and mutual aid, to counter this reality, here in Montreal.
Join us!

Urgent Help: Single Mom and Kids facing Eviction

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Reparations for Noé, Justice for Migrant Workers!

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by unidos

Reparations for Noé, Justice for Migrant Workers!

https://www.facebook.com/events/702832409862282/

Rally
Sunday, 19 July at 2pm
corner of Queen Mary and Côte des neiges (in the park)

Fundraiser (indiegogo)
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/justice-pour-noe-et-tous-les-travailleurs-migrants#/story

Our comrade and friend Noé Arteaga Santos has struggled for almost 7 years to get justice from Savoura, his former employer. Savoura is a Quebec-based tomato producer which relies on the labour of temporary migrant workers.

Noé came to Quebec in 2008 under the Temporary Foreign Workers programme, to work picking tomatoes for Savoura. After Noé participated in the organization of a very short strike to demand that a sick co-worker receive medical care, Savoura abruptly fired him. Noé was then forced to return to Guatemala.

Returning to Canada, Noé brought a human rights complaint against Savoura. More than six years later, the tribunal decided in his favour: Savoura fired Noé without just and sufficient cause. Moreover, Savoura contravened articles 10 and 16 of the Charter of rights and freedoms, discriminating against its workers on the basis of their ethnic origin and language (read the entire decision here: http://canlii.ca/t/gfqbm).

This constitutes a huge victory, not only for Noé but for all temporary migrant workers and all farm workers, almost invisible in our society. Working in precarious conditions, often exploited by their employers, they provide us with food.

However, in spring 2015, before an agreement on compensation for Noé was reached, Savoura declared bankruptcy. However, the Savoura label continues.

We are launching a compaign in solidarity with Noé and all temporary migrant workers, to demand that Savoura and the Quebec Minister of Labour, Sam Hamad, assume their responsibilities in this affair and that they end the exploitation of migrant workers.

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Justice for Noé Committee
supported by Immigrant Workers CentreMexicans United for RegularizationSolidarity Across Borders, le Comité pour les droits humaines en Amérique latineObservatoire critique de droits humains des immigrants et immigrantes and the Industrial Workers of the World

Organizations in Québec and Canada express their deep concern about the violent repression of the Mexican state against its civilian population

Posted on: June 5th, 2015 by unidos

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Elections in Mexico: Organizations in Québec and Canada express their deep concern about the violent repression of the Mexican state against its civilian population

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Elections in Mexico: Organizations in Québec and Canada express their deep concern about the violent repression of the Mexican state against its civilian population

Montreal, June 5 2015. Sunday the June 7 is election day in Mexico. Elections are being held to elect governors in 9 states, mayors, local deputies in 17 states and federal deputies throughout the country. The run up to this election has been marred by extensive violence; 20 political assassinations in 10 states, 6 civilian murders (4 in Ixcaputzalgo, Guerrero and 2 in Peto, Yucatan) and 6 civilian injuries as a result of an armed confrontation with government forces in Peto and Yucatán. Furthermore, 70 kidnappings and extortion cases and death threats to people have also been reported by groups linked to electoral interest.
Most importantly, delegations of the National Electoral Institute (INE) have been reportedly attacked by dissident groups in at least six states (Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Puebla and Veracruz), while electoral documentation has been destroyed or burned, in Guerrero and Oaxaca.
Mexico presently, is amidst a grave human rights crisis which has been brought to the attention of the international community and human rights watch dogs by the relentless efforts of the nation’s vibrant civil society. There has been a demand of justice in the case of the 43 students who went missing last September, and also in the case of the recent targeted killings and extrajudicial murders allegedly carried out by the Mexican army, federal and local police in Tlatlaya , Apatzingan and Tanhuato. All of these cases and the callous attitude of the government has prompted protesting organisations backed by the Mexican civil society to boycott the elections. The principle demand being the safe return of the 43 missing students belonging to the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa. These innocent students were kidnapped by the local police in collusion with the federal police and the national army. We should not forget that this landmark case adds itself to the long and cruel list of more than 24,000 cases of disappearances and kidnappings at the hand of the state since 2006; with an average 13 disappearances per day, 100, 000 murders and 250 000 forced displacements, the government led by Peña Nieto ,is nothing short of an oppressive, cruel and corrupt military state running under the garb of pseudo democracy.
A statement issued on June 1, 2015 by the People’s Council Tixtla, denounced the curtailing of human rights and harassment suffered by its organization by the ministerial police who as a ploy, repeatedly infiltrated the organization in plainclothes to monitor and intimidate people linked to the organization . Moreover, the Committee of students from the Normal School of Ayotzinapa say that on June 2, 2015 the federal police illegaly stormed their premises without provocation and arrested 3 students , who had to be released 24 hours later under immense pressure from the public. Continuing the string of cruelty on Wednesday, the 3rd of June, more than 1000 armed federal police personnel were stationed near the Normal School and also reportedly attacked a civilian bus carrying students and relatives of the 43 missing students, bound for Chilpancingo in Tixtla, Guerrero; this unprovoked attack left several people grievously injured.
The civil organizations on 2nd June also reported the arrival of military tanks and fully armed contingents in the states of Guerrero and Michoacan. So far the current Mexican government has behaved like a military state using the path of intimidation, oppression and torture to resolve public issues and to suppress any conflict or voice of dissent. People have been baselessly arrested, persecuted and inhumanly tortured as revealed by Juan Mendez, in his report published in December 2014 which paints a grim picture of innocent civilians and peaceful protesters being inhumanly treated and put through misery in Mexico at the hands of the state machinery.
In the background of the atrocities, repression and the policy of criminalisation of social protest by the Mexican government, the undersigned organizations through this letter express our grave concern about the anti-democratic measures, oppression, torture and killings that may be carried out by the Mexican government in the context of maintaining order during the elections scheduled on Sunday June 7, 2015. We also demand an immediate end to the abuse of public power and strict compliance with the constitution. Most importantly, we call upon the international community to pay heed and attention to this humanitarian crisis in the making, be wary of these developments and vociferously condemn any act of oppression by any group linked to the Mexican government.
Contact
Committee for Human Rights in Latin America – 514-358-2227 – coordo@cdhal.org
Sources:
Centro de medios libres. “3 de junio ALERTA AYOTZINAPA: Continua y arrecia el sitio y represión federal a escuela normal Isidro Burgos”. Consulté le: 3 juin 2015. http://www.centrodemedioslibres.org/2015/06/03/3-de-junio-alerta-ayotzinapa-continua-y-arrecia-el-sitio-y-represion-federal-a-escuela-normal-isidro-burgos/
Elecciones en México. Consulté le: 3 juin 2015. https://ciudadania.ife.org.mx/portalElenmex2010/mapa.do?metodo=cargaDatos .
Proceso. “Elecciones 2015, el sello de la violencia”. 2 de junio del 2015. Consulté le: 3 juin 2015. http://www.proceso.com.mx/?p=406191
Proceso. “Con Peña Nieto, 13 desaparecidos al día”. 7 de febrero del 2015. Fecha de consulta: 3 de junio del 2015. http://www.proceso.com.mx/?p=395306
Regeneración Radio. Consulté le: 3 juin 2015. http://regeneracionradio.org/index.php/portada/item/4578-comunicado-del-consejo-popular-de-tixtla-guerrero
Informe México. Consulté le: 3 juin 2015. http://www.un.org/french/documents/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/HRC/28/68/add.3
http://www.centrodemedioslibres.org/2015/06/03/3-de-junio-alerta-ayotzinapa-continua-y-arrecia-el-sitio-y-represion-federal-a-escuela-normal-isidro-burgos/

Signatures
BC TEACHERS’ FEDERATION
CARREFOUR INTERNATIONAL BAS-LAURENTIEN POUR L’ENGAGEMENT SOCIAL (CIBLES)
CAMBRIDGE MEXICO SOLIDARITY (UNITES STATES)
IMMIGRANT WORKERS’ CENTRE
COALITION QUÉBÉCOISE SUR LES IMPACTS SOCIO-ENVIRONNEMENTAUX DES TRANSNATIONALES EN AMÉRIQUE LATINE
CODEVELOPMENT CANADA
COLECTIVO DE INMIGRANTES ESPAÑOLES EN MONTRÉAL- CIEM
COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA
COMITÉ DE SOLIDARIDAD QUEBEQUENSE CON AYOTZINAPA
COMMONS FRONTIERS
CONSEJO INDÍGENA POPULAR DE OAXACA-VANCOUVER
COSTURERAS DE SUEÑOS-MONTRÉAL
GROUPE DE RECHERCHE SUR LES ESPACES PUBLICS ET LES INNOVATIONS POLITIQUES DE L’UNIVERSITÉ DU QUÉBEC À MONTRÉAL (GRÉPIP)
QUÉBEC SOLIDAIRE
MEXICANS UNITED FOR REGULARIZATION
LIGUE DES DROITS ET LIBERTÉS
L’OBSERVATOIRE CRITIQUE DE DROITS HUMAINS DES IMMIGRANT-E-S (OCDHII)
MININGWATCH CANADA
TEMPORARY AGENCY WORKERS ASSOCIATION (TAWA)
THE ARTISTS’BLOC OF THE IWC
SUSSEX MEXICO SOLIDARITY (ENGLAND)

Chilean man defies deportation, is forced into hiding for supporting mother; Minister of Immigration Chris Alexander asked to step in

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by unidos
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Chilean man defies deportation, is forced into hiding for supporting mother; Minister of Immigration Chris Alexander asked to step in

Montreal, 4 August 2014 — Hector Reyes-Hidalgo has remained in Canada to care for his ailing mother despite a deportation order which would have sent him back to Chile on Saturday, August 2nd.

Mr. Reyes-Hidalgo came to Canada four years ago as a refugee but his refugee claim was refused. In the meantime his mother, Julia Hidalgo-Aguillera, a Canadian citizen, was diagnosed with ALS. Because Ms. Hidalgo-Aguillera is economically and physically dependant on her son, who is her sole care-giver, she applied to sponsor him and he also applied for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds. However, the government began deportation proceedings based on the refused refugee claim before the new applications were decided.

“He had little choice but to stay, because in reality there is no one else available to take care of Julia if he is not here,” said Noé Arteaga, who was supporting the family as they desperately tried to find a legal solution with the two levels of government prior to the looming deportation. “He has been forced into hiding for chosing his mother’s well-being over his own, for acting like a good son is supposed to do.”

“Hector and Julia did everything they were supposed to do according to Immigration Canada. A sponsorship application has been filed. Another application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds has been filed. This situation makes no sense. It is mindless bureaucracy and a hard-nosed ideology taking precedence over human lives. It is utterly pointless and cruel to separate Julia from her son and leave her without a care-giver,” added Mostafa Henaway, who helped try to find a solution for the family through regular channels.

Solidarity Across Borders calls on Federal Minister of Immigraton Chris Alexander to regularize Mr. Reyes Hidalgo’s situation without delay. Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Minister Alexander must respond to inland applications for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds like Mr. Reyes-Hidalgo’s. Minister Alexander would be able to read and respond to Mr. Reyes’ humanitarian application very rapidly, allowing Hector to quickly return to his mother.

While Mr. Hector Reyes-Hidalgo is in hiding, awaiting a response from the government, friends of the family have organized an emergency rotation to take care of Julia in the short-term.

Source
Solidarity Across Borders:
www.solidarityacrossborders.org
solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com

Press Conference To Unmask Bill 8 Presented By The Minister Of Labour Sam Hamad To The National Assembly Of Quebec

Posted on: July 20th, 2014 by unidos

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© Photo: Victor Vargas Villafuerte .
When: Sunday 20th July at 3:00 pm
Where: Main entrance of the Oratoire Saint-Joseph, 3800, Queen Mary Road (metro Côte-des-Neiges), Montréal (Québec).
Who: Noé Arteaga, ex-temporary foreign worker and member of the Immigrant Workers Centre of Montreal.

This Sunday 20th July, Noe Arteaga will hold a press conference about Bill 8 which makes certain amendments to the Labour Code of Quebec (Chapter C-27). Organizations that defend human rights, labour rights, and immigrant and migrant workers should be deeply worried about these modifications because they exclude from legislation the ability of agricultural temporary foreign workers to unionize and to defend their rights in front of employers. “It is about a gradual increase of the private sphere of labour relationships, then giving more power to agricultural employers and adding more vulnerability to workers,” says Arteaga. These amendments are specifically applicable to workers of “farming business” that ordinary and continuously employ fewer than three workers. This Bill was presented in the context of the upheaval of the end of the parliamentary session of the last government, and it is not receiving enough attention from media, public opinion, unions, employers, employees, and the government. The modifications this Bill proposes infringe on the rights of agricultural workers whose great portion includes temporary foreign workers.

According to the proposed modifications by Bill 8, the dispositions of sections 2 and 3 of the Chapter II, and also, the Chapters III to V of the Labour Code will note be applicable to workers of farming business with fewer than three employees (Section 111.27). In that way, this measure excludes these workers from the legislation that regulates the unionizing and organizing processes of agricultural workers. The organizing and unionizing is an elemental and basic right of any worker, as much as the setting of collective agreements that legally ensure the respect of employers to basic rights of workers. As well, the proposed section 111.28 says the employer must give an association of employees of the farming business a reasonable opportunity to make representations about the conditions of employment of its members. Besides the ambiguity of terms as “reasonable opportunity”, in practice this section means workers shall not have the option to dialogue and negotiate with their employers about issues of wages, social security, neither they have right to strike. This will happen because the representation of workers will be excluded from the legislation that certifies their association. In this way their rights to exert political and collective pressure in front of the abuses of employers, and in front of the system that exploits them, are taken out of legislation.

The Temporary Foreign Workers Programs have been questioned since a long time ago because the systematic infringement of human and labour rights that migrant workers suffer. This situation takes place due to the combination of factors derived from their migrant status and location, and the labour de-regulation. This problem tends to increase labour precariousness, also spreading among the same Canadian citizens.

 

MUR reacts against Immigration Ministry about Resolution

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by unidos

Mexican@s Unid@s por la Regularización (MUR) rechaza y condena la decisión del Ministerio de Inmigración de Canadá de haber declarado a México como país seguro el pasado 14 de febrero del 2013, por las siguientes razones:

1. La supuesta guerra contra el narcotráfico iniciada por el expresidente Felipe Calderón es una guerra contra el pueblo que ha implicado la militarización del país, la represión sistemática contra la protesta social y el desmantelamiento de las conquistas sociales así como de los derechos y libertades fundamentales. Queda claro que ésta no es una guerra contra el narco, sino para favorecer a un sector del narco con el que el régimen y la clase política tienen pacto. De otra forma no se puede explicar porque después del número de personas acaecidas (màs de 100 mil, màs o menos la misma cifra que los países que viven una guerra civil sangrienta como Siria) las rutas y el negocio del narco siguen intactas. Lo que se vive en México es una situación de guerra civil que ha traído como consecuencia la degradación de la situación de los ***ddhh en el país.

2. El gobierno de Canadá es cómplice de la situación que se vive en México por qué:

a) Por intereses políticos-económicos no quiere reconocer esta guerra civil sangrienta. Cifras: la dependencia económica de México en materia alimentaria ha crecido hasta importar 71% de alimentos de lo cual una mayoría viene del mercado norteamericano y canadiense. Según los especialistas, 71% del territorio mexicano se encuentra en manos de las empresas mineras canadienses, quienes no pagan impuesto alguno por la extracción de los minerales, mientras pagan salarios irrisorios de los obreros mineros.

b) Aún más, el gobierno canadiense participa directamente como asesor militar del gobierno mexicano (con Calderón, y ahora con Pena Nieto) en esta estrategia de guerra contra el pueblo. De igual forma, el gobierno canadiense participa en la llamada Estrategia Mérida que es un acuerdo tripartito para garantizar la seguridad en América del Norte, lo que se rebela en realidad como un acicate de esta política guerrerista.

c) Es prácticamente imposible que por la relación que tiene Canadá con nuestro país, el gobierno no esté enterado de la situación real que se vive en él. Pensamos que lo sabe a la perfección y que lo calla y oculta para garantizar sus intereses económicos en el país. (more…)

STATUS FOR ALL!

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by noe arteaga

STATUS FOR ALL!
March for justice and dignity for all migrants and refugees
In solidarity with Indigenous struggles for self-determination

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013

1pm: Join ONE of FOUR Contingents:

* SOUTH-WEST (Little Burgundy, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Saint-Henri and Verdun)
1pm at métro de l’Église (corner Galt & Wellington)

* NORTH-WEST (Côte-des-Neiges, Ville St-Laurent, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce)
1pm at Parc Kent (corner Cote-des-Neiges & Kent)

* NORTH-EAST (Villeray, Parc-Extension, St-Michel, Ahuntsic, Rosemont-Petite-Patrie, Mile End)
1pm at métro Jarry; 2pm at métro Parc; 3pm at métro Rosemont

* EAST (Centre-Sud, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve)
1pm at Place Simon-Valois (corner Valois & Ontario)

4pm: CONVERGENCE, DEMONSTRATION AND PICNIC
Philips Square (Union & Ste-Catherine, métro McGill)

A child-friendly march. Bring your kids!
Get in touch about any accessibility needs.

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We support Indigenous struggles and movements for self-determination. Read our Statement of Support for Indigenous Struggles and Sovereignty:
http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/statement-of-support-for-indigenous-struggles-and-sovereignty

We also march together to demand an end to deportations and detentions, and we denounce the double punishment of migrants with criminal records. We demand Status for All, and organize for a “Solidarity City” for all residents of Montreal. Info: http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/revendications

Land, freedom, self-determination, Canada is an illegal nation.
We live here! We work here! We’re staying here!

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-> ENDORSE THE DEMO: By endorsing our demonstration and campaign you are agreeing with our demands and you will help to publicize our events within your networks. Send your endorsement to: solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com

-> DOWNLOAD OUR POSTER: You can download the poster for the Status For All demonstration (as well as other images) at this link: http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/may-18-status-for-all-march/downloads

-> NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZING: The year the Status For All march will consist of four contingents marching from different neighborhoods in Montreal that will converge downtown. Here are the details about the four contingents, including upcoming neighborhood meetings: http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/may-18-status-for-all-march/neighborhood-organizing

-> GET INVOLVED: We have committees that are doing active outreach and mobilization, as well as preparing art and other materials. Just e-mail or phone to lend your support.

-> LEARN MORE: Invite us to make a presentation about the Status for All campaign to your group or organization, to learn more about our demands and the Solidarity City campaign.

-> FOR A SOLIDARITY CITY !: We encourage Montreal-area organizations and groups to discuss and collectively sign this declaration: http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/francais-declaration-pour-une-cite-sans-frontieres

-> VIDEO: STATUS FOR ALL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za8n_BTy2O0
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Organized by:
Dignidad Migrante (www.dignidadmigrante.org)
Immigrant Workers Center (
www.iwc-cti.ca)
Mexicans United for Regularization (
www.mexregularizacion.org)
No One Is Illegal-Montreal (
www.nooneisillegal.org)
Solidarity Across Borders (
www.solidarityacrossborders.org)
and many allied individuals.

(Dignidad Migrante, Mexicans United for Regularization & Solidarity Across Borders are working groups of QPIRG Concordia.)

INFO: www.solidarityacrossborders.org / 438-933-7654 / solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com

Community Groups Demand Better Protection for Precarious Workers

Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by noe arteaga

Community Groups Demand Better Protection for Precarious Workers

For immediate release April 3, 2013

Community Groups Demand Better Protection for Precarious Workers

 

On April 5th, the Immigrant Workers Center (IWC) and allied community organizations will put forward demands for a provincial law protecting precarious workers during a public assembly. Banding together under a common banner, domestic workers, migrant workers, undocumented workers and temporary agency workers will present their case pushing for legislation that includes CSST coverage for Live-in domestic workers, accountability of temp agencies and companies alike and better protection for temporary foreign workers regardless of their status. The groups are also looking to raise the minimum wage to twelve dollars per hour for the province.

After receiving word that Agnès Maltais, the Quebec Labour minister, declined an invitation to participate in a town hall meeting, the groups decided to go ahead with the public event. Quebec workers doing precarious jobs will discuss their personal experiences highlighting the need for the changes they are asking for.

Neil Ladode speaking for the IWC’s Temporary Foreign Workers committee believes that part of the job of the labour minister’s office is to hear the demands of precarious workers. Ladode came to Quebec from Indonesia and found himself in an exploitative situation while working for a restaurant in Montreal.

“Minister Maltais should not ignore the voices of migrant and immigrant workers,” says Ladode. “It’s the responsibility of the minister to remove the barriers to our rights in order to respect and protect all workers in Quebec.”

A campaign coalition was initiated by the IWC, which includes PINAY–Filipino Women’s Organization of Quebec, the Association of Temporary Agency Workers, Dignidad Migrante and Mexicans United for Regularization. The Centre approached allies when it became aware of a possible legislation around precarious work by the Marois government.

“We’ve been hearing rumors for months that the provincial government is discussing a possible bill on precarious work,” explains Jasmin de la Calzada of Pinay, whose membership is made up mainly of live-in domestic workers from the Philippines.

“We wanted to be pro-active in this process,” says de la Calzada, “the people who are directly affected must speak up and put forward progressive laws that better protect our collective rights.”

The public assembly will be held on Friday, April 5 at 6pm at the office of the Immigrant Workers Centre on 4755 Van Horne, room 110 (Metro Plamondon). Migrant workers, live-in domestic workers and temporary agency workers will be available for interview by the media.

For more information please contact:

The Immigrant Workers Centre, (514) 342-2111

Noé Arteaga (French) noe@iwc-cti.ca

Mostafa Henaway (English) mostafa@iwc-cti.ca

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Letter to the Minister Agnès Maltais

MUR Rejects and condemns the decision of the Ministry of Immigration Canada

Posted on: February 18th, 2013 by noe arteaga

Mexicans United for the Regularisation (MUR) rejects and condemns the decision of the Ministry of Immigration Canada to declared Mexico as a safe last February 14, 2013, for the following reasons:

1. The supposed war on drugs launched by the former President Felipe Calderón is in reality a war against the people which has involved the militarization of the country, the systematic repression of social protest and the dismantling of the social gains as well as the violation of fundamental rights and freedoms. Clearly this is not a war against drugs, but it is a war that privileges one drug groups with whom the regime and the political class have an agreement. Otherwise it is unexplainable why after the high number of people death (more than 100,000, roughly the same number as those countries experiencing a bloody civil war as Syria) the drug business remains intact. What we are seeing in Mexico is a civil war situation that has resulted in the degradation of human rights in the country.

2.- The Canadian government is (complice?) and in part responsible for the current situation in Mexico because:

a) It has political and economic interests that do not let him recognize this as a bloody civil war. For example, Mexico’s economic dependence on imported food has grown to 71% of food which is a majority from the U.S. and Canadian markets. According to experts, 71% of Mexico is in the hands of Canadian mining companies, which do not pay any taxes on the extraction of minerals, while paying low wages for miners workers.

b) Moreover, the Canadian government is directly involved as military adviser of the Mexican government (before with president Calderon, and now with Peña Nieto) in this war strategy against the people. Similarly, the Canadian government has a tripartite agreement on the called Merida to ensure security in North America, which actually rebels its complicity in the Mexican’s policies on this war.

c) It is practically impossible that with the relationship that Canada has with our country, the Canadian government is not aware of the real situation that prevails on it. We know perfectly that what this silence is hidden is the insurance of the economic interests in that country. (more…)