|Migrant agricultural workers win right to bargain
To: UFCW Canada Human Rights, Equity and Diversity List Serve:
I am ecstatic to share with you the landmark decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal concerning the right of Agricultural workers being allowed to collectively bargain. This case was brought forward by the UFCW Canada on behalf of Agricultural Workers in Ontario.
The Ontario Court of Appeal has told the Ontario government to drop its ban on farm unions because it violates the Charter rights of Ontario's more than 100,000 agriculture workers after decades of prohibiting agricultural workers from effectively participating in the provincial Labour Relations regime. The decision was release this morning.
Many of these agricultural workers are temporary foreign workers (TFWs) or workers who come to Ontario under the Federal Government’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) from countries such as Mexico, Jamaica, and Thailand.
Please forward widely across your networks.
Naveen P. Mehta, Lawyer/Avocat
Director, Human Rights, Equity and Diversity
Directeur, Droits de la personne, Équité et Diversité
United Food and Commercial Workers Canada /
Travailleurs et travailleuses unis de l’alimentation et du commerce Canada
300-61 International Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M9W 6K4
Tel/Tél: (416) 675-1104 Fax/Téléc: (416) 675-6919