Flowers, food, fruits and wine are the markers of the holiday season - grown, packaged, shipped, cooked by migrant workers across this country. As people begin to plan festivities, the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, is calling on migrant workers, undocumented people and their allies to join us at the Chinese Railway Workers` Memorial at 5pm in a vigil of somber reflection and to reiterate the need for immediate, urgent action to ensure justice, dignity and status for all migrants.
* A right to landing status be granted upon arrival for migrant workers. They must not be tied to one employer, be required to live in their employer's home, or be subject to further medical examination;
Immigrant workers die as Tories continue to cut settlement funding Vigil on the 1-year anniversary of Christmas Eve migrant worker deaths
(Toronto) A candlelight vigil is being held on the one-year anniversary of the tragic deaths of four migrant workers who were killed last Christmas Eve when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed in half. The vigil will take place Friday December 24, 2010 at 2757 Kipling Avenue (the site of the scaffolding accident) at 2 pm and demands that more action be done to protect migrant workers.
please participate in a Community-Labour discussion hosted by No One Is Illegal – Toronto
November 4, 2010
6:00pm – 8:00pm
OPSEU Union Hall, 31 Wellesley Street
(across from Wellesley Subway Station)
supported by: Justicia for Migrant Workers, Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario, OPSEU Workers of Color, Caregiver Action Centre, Labor Education Centre, Workers Action Centre, Health for All, Latin American Trade Unionist Coalition
FRANCA IACOVETTA is Professor of History and author of “Such Hardworking People: Italian Immigrants in Postwar Toronto” that focused on the Hoggs Hollow disaster.
TZAZNA MIRANDA LEAL is an organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers
MOHAN MISHRA is an organizer with No One Is Illegal – Toronto
Oct. 19, 2010 - (Toronto) Community organizations welcome the decision to lay criminal charges against those responsible for the Christmas Eve deaths of four migrant workers killed on the job. However, migrant workers need immigration status on landing and drastic changes in provincial laws to ensure that these unnecessary deaths do not continue.
Fayzullo Fazilov, Aleksey Blumberg, Alexander Bondorev, and Vladimir Korostin tragically fell to their deaths after the scaffolding they were working on collapsed in half on December 24, 2009. A fifth worker, Dilshod Marupov, was severely injured. Only 1 of these 5 workers had permanent immigrant status.
On October 13, nearly a full year later, charges have been laid against three Metron executives and Metron.
On Sunday October 10, 2010 migrant agriculture workers, accompanied by allies from across Ontario participated in a grueling 50 km walk, from Leamington to Windsor Ontario. Organized by Justicia for Migrant Workers, the march was a grassroots effort led by migrant workers.
Beginning at 7am, the exuberant and historic "Pilgrimage to Freedom" demanded immigration status for all, an end to exorbitant recruitment fees, better housing, safe working conditions and an end to racism and sexism in the workplace.
Making stops at local politicians offices and the Canadian Border Services Agency, the march ended nearly over 12 hours later at the Underground Railroad Memorial in Windsor to mark, honor and be inspired by the resilience of migrant and indentured workers that have slaved in exploitative conditions over the centuries, yet have still fought back, and have still survived.