•   
  •   
  •   

Canada Many immigrant workers exploited by warehouse employers, labour report reveals

16:15  24 november  2019
16:15  24 november  2019 Source:   montrealgazette.com

Kenney government survey seeks Albertans’ input on potential employment rule changes

  Kenney government survey seeks Albertans’ input on potential employment rule changes Albertans will be able to take part in a survey this month that the UCP government says is intended to provide them with information to help make decisions on potential future changes to employment rules in the province. "We are committed to getting Albertans back to work, which is why we moved quickly to pass the Open for Business Act in the spring," Labour and Immigration Minister Jason Copping said in a news release on Thursday. "Now we want to hear from the public on how we can continue to make Alberta's employment rules simpler and more efficient."I encourage everyone to go online and submit their thoughts.

Montreal’s warehouses routinely exploit a large segment of immigrant workers , a new report has found. A survey carried out last summer by the Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) observed that two-thirds of warehouse employees are often forced to work overtime and 10 per cent are paid below

The lack of cooperation by immigrant workers threatens to disrupt a key function of the labor “This means that those employers who are working with these very vulnerable populations could feel even more empowered to exploit them.” The problem was first reported by the Daily Labor Report .

a man holding a book: “Warehouse work in Montreal is structured so that employees have a minimal capacity for collective organization,” Mostafa Henaway, of the IWC, said in a statement.© Dave Sidaway “Warehouse work in Montreal is structured so that employees have a minimal capacity for collective organization,” Mostafa Henaway, of the IWC, said in a statement.

Montreal’s warehouses routinely exploit a large segment of mostly immigrant workers, some of whom are injured on the job and then abandoned by their employer, a new report has found.

A survey carried out last summer by the Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) observed two-thirds of warehouse employees are often forced to work overtime and 10 per cent are paid below Quebec’s minimum hourly wage of $12.50.

“It’s like a slave trade,” Mohamed Barry, a former warehouse worker, said on Saturday at a news conference at the headquarters of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN).

The most controversial sports personalities of all time

  The most controversial sports personalities of all time These athletes were lightning rods for controversy during their careers, whether it was for on- or off-the-field incidents. While some offended people with their words, actions or just their generally contrary attitudes, their names are now synonymous with causing a ruckus. Here are the most controversial athletes in sports history.

Now, with reports that undocumented laborers are a mainstay of disaster relief efforts all over the country, Americans are beginning to get Instead, immigration drives wages up by pushing low-wage American workers into higher-paying jobs. Exploited Undocumented Workers Clean Up Oil Spills.

“The problem is most undocumented workers don’t know that, and employers may not know that. While many decry the scourge of undocumented immigrants taking jobs from Americans We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and legal efforts to harm workers exploited by

“The workers have no rights. It’s a life of insecurity, financial as well as mental and physical,” added Barry, who today walks with a cane following a 2016 injury to his right leg while at work.

More than 15,600 workers lift boxes and drive forklifts in warehouses in the Montreal metropolitan region. Up to 80 per cent are immigrants, many of them hailing from African nations seeking a better life in Canada.

The report concluded most warehouse workers are hired through placement agencies that in some cases, collect nearly half their wages in commissions. Technically, it’s the placement agencies and not the warehouses that employ the workers.

At 31 per cent, the single largest proportion of immigrant warehouse workers are from Haiti, according to the survey.

Manitoba wage-freeze bill unconstitutional, removes 'fair process,' unions to argue in court

  Manitoba wage-freeze bill unconstitutional, removes 'fair process,' unions to argue in court A court battle begins Monday against a wage-freeze bill that the Manitoba Federation of Labour says would remove the right of employees to collective bargaining. The federation wants a provincial judge to rule Bill 28 unconstitutional."What we're asking for is a fair process. We believe Manitobans believe in a fair process. We believe they deserve it," said Manitoba Federation of Labour president Kevin Rebeck. "There's 120,000 workers and their families who have been left in the lurch because the Pallister government doesn't want to do collective bargaining.

Exploitation of labour (or labor ) is the act of treating one's workers unfairly for one's own benefit. It is a social relationship based on an asymmetry in a power relationship between workers and their employers .

Worker exploitation may be more common than you expect. “Fair Labor at Home,” the July/August issue of the Green American covers in-depth how workers in US restaurants, farm fields Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ), a coalition of workers at US warehouses in Walmart’s supply chain, has

Olawale Ogundipe, who immigrated to Quebec from Nigeria last year, said he landed a job through a placement agency at the Dollarama warehouse in Town of Mount Royal’s industrial park.

He recounted how he twisted his ankle two weeks into the job. He accused Dollarama of not helping him in any way following his injury, and he quit shortly after. Ogundipe ended up buying over-the-counter medications at a pharmacy to ease the pain in his ankle.

“I reported my injury immediately to my supervisor, and I was told: ‘Sorry, there’s nothing we can do for you,’ “ he recalled.

Lyla Radmanovich, a spokesperson for Dollarama, insisted the company treats it warehouse workers well.

“Dollarama maintains strict health and safety standards within its distribution centre and warehousing facilities, applicable to all, and has an excellent safety record,” Radmanovich said in an email. “We are proud of our diverse workforce across our operations, which is representative of the diversity of the communities we serve. We provide competitive compensation, as well as a dynamic, discrimination-free work environment.”

Health care workers call on Doug Ford government to reinstate paid sick days

  Health care workers call on Doug Ford government to reinstate paid sick days A group of doctors and nurses gathered in the rain near the Ontario Legislature on Monday to demand that the Doug Ford government bring back paid sick days. The health professionals, members of the advocacy group Decent Work and Health Network, said the province should reinstate paid sick days ahead of what is expected to be a severe flu season. They also called on the province to scrap rules that allow employers to demand sick notes from workers."We see this is a huge risk to public health," said Carolina Jimenez, a registered nurse and network organizer. "Workers need to be able to stay at home if they are sick.

Most of what we know about the effect of immigration on American-born workers is based on studies of what happens when immigrants arrive. They can scare away other workers — leaving employers scrambling to maintain production.

Illegal immigrant workers tend to concentrate in labor markets that have high concentrations of legal Because most illegal immigrants overwhelmingly seek work in the low skilled labor market and It is also easier for some employers to exploit illegal immigrant workers by paying them less

The IWC is calling on the provincial government to adopt a decree to set common standards for warehouse workers, including guaranteed wages, paid holidays and sick leave.

“Warehouse work in Montreal is structured so that employees have a minimal capacity for collective organization,” Mostafa Henaway, of the IWC, said in a statement.

Henaway noted workers are expected to keep up with a gruelling pace, and are not provided safety equipment or training.

”It’s a very murky world,” he added of the warehouse industry, which kicks into high gear before the holiday season.

”You don’t know how many injuries happen, and you don’t know what are all the other problems.”

aderfel@postmedia.com

Twitter.com/Aaron_Derfel

Montreal group urging unions, employers ‘to be allied with us against domestic violence’ .
Domestic violence impacts not only on the women who are victims, but also the workplace.That's the message the Association of Shelters for Women Victims of Conjugal Violence wants to send to employers as it launched this year's 12 Days of Action Against Violence Against Women campaign on Saturday.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 0
This is interesting!