• Page Views 3441
  • Tinig Migrante  by E. Maestro

    Kristina untitledWhen the federal government announced a review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in May 2016, whatever public upbeat mood it brought soon dissipated. Simply because the voices of the migrant workers were not really there. It would have made good sense for the government to ensure that the migrant workers’ voices from all around the country were heard, wouldn’t it? More than good sense, you may say, it makes for fairness and justice.

    But the government ‘s actions betrayed otherwise. The Committee, working from Ottawa, listened and heard from employers’ groups and very little from the migrant workers themselves, or from the migrant workers’ advocates. The Coalition for Migrants Rights Canada reported that the Chair of the Committee reviewing the program, MP Bryan May, told the Calgary Herald that 80-90 % of his meetings were with employer groups.

    In the Review meetings, there were 22 employer organizations and seven (Yes, seven) migrant workers that addressed the Review Committee. It would have been eight if one migrant worker from the Caregivers Action Centre, who took the day off so she could speak to the Committee via video conference link from Toronto, was allowed to speak. She waited and waited, only to be bumped down the list and told that the Committee would resume and have her speak but it never happened.

    While the Review was in progress, several events to highlight the workers of migrant workers were organized in Charlottetown, PEI, Kelowna and Vancouver in BC, Toronto and Winnipeg. Over 2000 people all across Canada signed a petition on the key demands of migrant workers and groups. These focused on concerns that included doing away with specific work permits and having open work permits, removing restrictions on migrant workers like the “4 years in, 4 years out” rule; removing the LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) fee of $1000 that is often downloaded onto the workers; restoring portable EI benefits; regulating recruiters, ending the caps on the number of migrant workers on worksites; and restoring the caregivers’ guaranteed right to PR status;

    The overarching demand is permanent immigration status upon arrival, a demand that makes economic and social sense (and common sense)  for every one and contributes to a robust immigration system. If upheld, this is proof that Canada values the work that migrant workers do and that it has called a stop to the use and disposal of migrant workers.

    The Review Committee is expected to vote soon, sometime this week of  June 13th. There is still time to tweet, email or phone your MP. Better still, make that three MPs from BC who are in the TFWP Review Committee: Members of Parliament Dan Ruimy of Pitt Meadows, Mike Warawa of Langley and Bob Zimmer of Prince George.

    For more information, visit the www.migrantrights.ca

    Migrante BC and the West Coast Domestic Workers Association are members of this Canada-wide coalition.

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 16 July 2018
      10 hours ago No comment

      Manny Pacquiao is back!

      By EDDIE G. ALINEA KUALA LUMPUR – “I’m back! With these words, Filipino boxing icon served notice to the whole world of his third coming after devastating losses he suffered the past seven years. Defeats dealt him by arch-rivals Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in ...

    • 16 July 2018
      15 hours ago No comment

      Glaiza works hard in Contessa

      GLAIZA De Castro revealed that some of the episodes of her hit afternoon show, “Contessa,” are recorded in the morning and aired in the same afternoon. “Naubusan kasi kami ng stocked episodes,” she said. “Dalawang taping days namin, inabot ng maghapong ulan, lalo na ‘yung set in Daranak Falls ...

    • 16 July 2018
      17 hours ago No comment

      Barbie as Happylou!

      Barbie Forteza has reason to rejoice because her primetime show, “Inday Will Always Love You,” continues to clobber its rival show in the ratings game. Her performance as the very positive and perky Happylou is truly a big winner as viewers just can’t seem to get enough of her. ...

    • Pacquiao Vs Mathysse weight In
      14 July 2018
      3 days ago No comment

      15 Family They’re all here

      KUALA LUMPUR – “I hope and pray that Manny wins, so I  can have a  happy birthday celebration.” Thus, declared Manny Pacquiao’s father Rosalio in halting Tagalog when chance upon Friday by this writer at the Le Meridiene Hotel lobby where members of his family, team, friends, and supporters are billeted ...

    • 11 July 2018
      6 days ago No comment

      Zanjoe opens up on rumored romance: ‘Kinikilig ako’

      Zanjoe Marudo on Tuesday finally addressed rumors that he is now dating anew months after he was first spotted with model Josie Prendergast. In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Tuesday, Marudo pointed out that he now has time for love. “Ngayon may time na dahil natapos ko na ...

    %d bloggers like this: