Report calls for changes to protect migrant agricultural workers and Canada’s food supply

Report calls for changes to protect migrant agricultural workers and Canada’s food supply

TORONTO, Aug. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new report from UFCW Canada, the country’s leading advocate for agricultural workers, has called for urgent changes to protect the health, safety, and rights of tens of thousands of migrant agricultural workers who are essential to Canada’s food supply. The report – The Status of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada, 2020 – calls for 14 legislative and regulatory reforms to a system which according to the report currently leaves migrant agricultural workers more vulnerable than Canadian workers to exploitation, health risks, and employer reprisal.“Every year, tens of thousands of migrant agricultural workers come here and work hard to provide food for Canadian families. And what many of these hard-working people get in exchange are working and living conditions that most Canadians would find appalling,” says Paul Meinema, the national president of UFCW Canada. “The federal and provincial governments must act to end the systemic discrimination that restricts the rights and protections for migrant workers and leaves them invisible, afraid, and powerless to raise concerns about their housing and workplace conditions.”You can download The Status of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada, 2020 at http://www.ufcw.ca/templates/ufcwcanada/images/awa/publications/UFCW-Canada-Status-of-Migrant-Workers-Report-2020.pdf.UFCW Canada is the country’s leading private sector union, representing more than 250,000 union members across Canada working in food retail and processing, agriculture, transportation, health care, logistics, warehousing, hospitality, manufacturing, and the security and professional sectors. UFCW is the country’s most innovative organization dedicated to building fairness in workplaces and communities. UFCW Canada members are your neighbours who work at your local grocery stores, hotels, car rental agencies, nursing homes, restaurants, food processing plants, and thousands of other locations across the country. To learn more about UFCW and its ground-breaking work, visit www.ufcw.ca.CONTACT:Santiago Escobar, National Representative
UFCW Canada
santiago.escobar@UFCW.ca
(905) 351-4082
www.ufcw.ca/awa
A PDF accompanying the release is available here: http://ml.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/709696c3-7d67-4d2d-bf71-e600701a2c8c 

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