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Approximately 40,000 peoplework as migrant agricultural la-bourers in Canada, and around27,000 o them in Ontario alone.
Shipped into the country through
the Seasonal Agriculture WorkerProgram in order to ll tempo-
rary gaps in the agricultural labour
supply during the growing sea-
son, these workers and their role inood production were the ocus o Migrant Workers Awareness. Con-
sisting o speakers, movies, and
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these workers to Canadian ag-riculture, and the struggles and
privations they ace through being
denied the rights aorded to Ca-
Te journey o these workersoten begins in Mexico or Jamai-
ca, where conditions at home push
elsewhere. In their home coun-
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the program. Te program allows
short-term entry into Canada;
however, the agreement revokesmany o the rights held by Cana-
already limited relative to other
Te most striking o the rights
removed is the right to choose and
change employers. Once select-
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ed them and will be deported i
their relationship is ended or any
basic right, the conditions they
politburo or eudal Lord. Curews,
abysmal saety, working and liv-ing standards, limited access tohealth care, inadequate training,
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tection rom such basic issues asharassment and abuse are all is-
In addition, workers cannotbring along their amilies, andgain nothing toward permanentresidence status through this ar-
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barriers to union membership,though it’s unclear what union-
ization would do or them besides
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ering their easy deportability and
interchangeability with workers
Besides highlighting the plight
o the workers themselves, orga-nizers have been up ront aboutpointing out the popular loca-vore movement’s blind spot on
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organizer, Joshua Gilbert, said a
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armer’ bumper stickers you see
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with “i you ate today, thank a
arm worker.” He noted that evenagricultural workers with citizen-
ship or ull status in Canada are
aorded other workers, in the
ourth most dangerous occupation
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agricultural workers in Canada dierom workplace related accidents
or disease every year, a rate that
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Beyond this campaign, groupssuch as the United Food andCommercial Workers union and
S Ag Mg Exp-
tation organize around these issues
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