Our submission to the Fair Wages Commission

On November 23, BC Employment Standards Coalition Co-Chair David Fairey made a submission in Vancouver to the Fair Wages Commission as part of its consultation. The submission contains detailed responses to questions from the Commission including, “What is a reasonable timeframe or schedule of increases in the minimum wage to reach $15-an-hour?” and “What are your experiences or thoughts about the farm workers piece rates in B.C.?”

Please click here to read our full submission.

Migrante BC Conference Dec 3-4 on Building & Strengthening Workers’ Solidarity

Migrante BC Conference 2016

Migrante BC, a member of the BC Employment Standards Coalition, is hosting a conference on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program between December 3-4th, 2016. “Building & Strengthening Workers’ Solidarity” will be held at the Unifor Hall, 326 12th Street, New Westminster. The conference will include a presentation by Professor Ethel Tungohan from the Department of Political Science at York University.

For more details and registration info, please click here.

 

New documentary “Migrant Dreams” at DOXA Film Festival May 7th

Migrant workers, activists with Justicia for Migrant Workers and the filmmakers celebrating the sold-out premiere of Migrant Dreams in Toronto on May 1st, 2016.

Migrant workers, activists with Justicia for Migrant Workers and the filmmakers celebrating the sold-out premiere of Migrant Dreams in Toronto on May 1st, 2016.

Award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee’s new 90-minute film Migrant Dreams will be screening this week in Vancouver. This documentary explores the stories of migrant workers from Mexico, Jamaica, and Southeast Asia employed under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in the greenhouses of Leamington, Ontario.

Migrant Dreams depicts how, for many farm workers, the dream of a well-paying job becomes a nightmare when they are deceived into paying outrageous fees to brokers and recruiters, and how their employers impose curfews, confiscate passports, and charge exorbitant rental fees for cockroach-infested apartments. This investigative exposé documents the struggle of a group of women from Indonesia who, with the help of Evelyn and Cathy, two tireless community activists, take a stand and confront their employer. Thus, it not only focuses on structural conditions of exploitation for migrant workers, but also their stories of strength, resilience and love.

The film will be shown on Saturday, May 7th, at Cinematheque in Vancouver, starting at 2:00 PM. Ticket information: http://www.doxafestival.ca/film/migrant

Interview with Min Sook Lee and Evelyn Encalada on CBC’s The Current: http://bit.ly/1T6S4F7

Migrant workers launch class action lawsuit against Mac’s Convenience Stores

Hundreds of people hired through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are launching a class action lawsuit against Mac’s Convenience Stores. They are reporting that they paid thousands of dollars for recruitment fees and signed employment contracts for jobs in Western Mac’s that did not exist. As reported in this CBC News article, three Surrey-based immigration firms are also being sued.

Lawyers at Allevato Quail & Worth have been working on behalf of the migrant workers in this lawsuit, and they are circulating the poster below about their case (pdf available here). Further information on the case, including information sheets in English, Hindi, Nepali, Tagalog, and Chinese (coming soon) are available on this page.

Mac's Convenience Stores Lawsuit Poster

March 18 Migrante BC Gala Fundraiser for Migrant Workers with Fay Faraday

Migrante BC Gala Fundraiser

BC Employment Standards Coalition member-organization Migrante BC is hosting a Gala Fundraiser for migrant workers with respected social justice lawyer Fay Faraday as a keynote speaker.

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER: BUILDING MIGRANT WORKER SECURITY

  • Friday, March 18, 2016, 6 pm -10 pm
  • Holiday Inn (711 W. Broadway, Vancouver)
  • Tickets at $60 each (with dinner); Table of 8 at $450. For tickets, contact 604.879.5850 or email us at migrante.bc@gmail.com
  • Facebook event: RSVP here (optional).
Fay Faraday, a respected social justice lawyer, will be the keynote speaker at Migrante BC's Gala Fundraiser

Fay Faraday, a respected social justice lawyer, will be the keynote speaker at Migrante BC’s Gala Fundraiser.

Keynote speaker: Fay Faraday, noted social justice lawyer; also a strategic adviser and policy consultant on human rights, labour, and constitutional law; litigator for unions, community organizations and coalitions for constitutional and human rights cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Pushing back at the normalization of worker precariousness globally and domestically, Faraday’s keynote will issue a call to action and solidarity to map a vision for reform that builds security for all migrant workers.

All proceeds will go towards our volunteer-run and non-profit organization, Migrante BC.

Migrante invites people to join in at the Gala Evening and consider becoming a sponsor:

SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION:

Gold Sponsor $1000 and comes with name recognition during the event, FP advertisement in the souvenir program, 4 tickets to the Gala fundraiser and invitation to private pre-Gala cocktail reception with Fay Faraday

Silver Sponsor $500 and comes with name recognition during the event, HP advertisement in the souvenir program, 2 tickets to the Gala fundraiser and invitation to private pre-Gala cocktail reception with Fay Faraday

Bronze $250 and comes with name recognition during the event, HP advertisement in the souvenir program, 1 ticket to the Gala fundraiser and invitation to private pre-Gala cocktail reception with Fay Faraday.