Global Workers Alliance: U.S. Comprehensive Immigration Reform:

April 25, 2013

U.S. Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Canada: Who’s looking out for Tim Hortons’ temporary foreign workers?

December 12, 2012

Erik Flores came to Canada full of optimism that his new job at a Tim Hortons franchise near Regina would open doors to a “beautiful life.”

Instead, the 21-year-old from Mexico says he found himself walking to work in the snow and living in a basement with five other Mexican men.

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The job at Tim Hortons didn’t work out, and today he is waiting for a work permit under Saskatchewan’s provincial nominee program. The whole experience, he says, left him feeling used and exploited

Who’s looking out for Tim Hortons’ temporary foreign workers? – Canada – CBC News

Worked to death

November 30, 2012

 

The deaths of thousands of migrant workers in recent years bring Malaysia’s safety standards into question.

Worked to death – 101 East – Al Jazeera English

US: Global Workers joins Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and others to implement new Jornaleros-SAFE project

November 14, 2012

Global Workers is proud to announce a new joint project investigating recruitment abuses of H-2A agricultural guestworkers in Mexico. Catholic Relief Services (CRS)-Mexico established the project–Jornaleros-SAFE —and invited us, and three other partners the United Farm Workers (UFW)Human Mobility Commission of the Mexican Catholic Church (DPMH) , and Independent Center for Farmworkers (CITA) to join them as implementing partners. Over the next three years, the project will document recruitment abuses of migrant workers that enter the U.S. through the H-2A agricultural guestworker program, with the goal of changing the public policy of the Mexican and U.S. governments, so that human and labor rights of these workers will be respected in the future. Between the four partner organizations we are working with 10 organizations in 7 Mexican states. Each local organization is working in their communities and interviewing migrant workers who have, are currently or will be going to participate in the H2A guest worker program in the US. Three of our Defenders are part of this project: Frente indígena de organizaciones binacionales (FIOB)Centro de Derechos Humanos Ñu’u Ji Kandií A.C., and Centro Regional de Defensa de DDHH Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, A.C.

Global Workers joins Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and others to implement new Jornaleros-SAFE project | Global Workers Justice Alliance

B.C. Unions fight plan to import China miners

November 8, 2012

Two labour unions want a federal court to overturn temporary work permits issued to Chinese workers at a coal mine in northern British Columbia, arguing that there are unemployed Canadians who could fill the jobs.

Unions fight plan to import China miners

Migrant Workers Alliance for Change responds to new immigration levels and mix numbers announcement

November 8, 2012

The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change | Migrant Workers Alliance for Change responds to new immigration levels and mix numbers announcement

Report: African torture victims held under devastating conditions in Israel

November 8, 2012

A report released Monday by the Hotline for Migrant Workers and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel shows that the conditions under which tortured African migrants are being held could prove devastating. “They are being held without treatment, without appropriate services and while ignoring studies showing that lengthy incarceration can have a particularly destructive effect on survivors of slavery and torture,”…

Report: African torture victims held under devastating conditions in Israel Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Maldives “enslaving” migrant workers by withholding passports, warns Indian official

October 19, 2012

A senior Indian diplomatic official in the Maldives has expressed concern over the ongoing practice of confiscating passports of migrant workers arriving to the country from across South Asia – likening the practice to slavery.

The diplomatic source, who wished not to be identified, has told Minivan News that although several government ministries were critical of the practice of withholding the passports of foreign staff coming to work in the country, the state had taken no action.

Maldives “enslaving” migrant workers by withholding passports, warns Indian official | Minivan News

200,000 Burmese Face Deportation from Thailand

October 17, 2012

About 200,000 illegal Burmese migrant workers are among some 400,000 illegal foreign workers who are due to be deported back to their respected countries in December this year, according to a report by the Bangkok Post, a Thailand-based newspaper.

Speaking with The Irrawaddy on Tuesday, Andy Hall, a migration expert at Mahidol University in Bangkok, said that the 200,000 Burmese nationals are those who haven’t completed the national verification process.

200,000 Burmese Face Deportation from Thailand | The Irrawaddy Magazine

Chinese Miners: Here they come!

October 17, 2012

Chinese Miners: Here they come!