Migrant Worker Rights in Guelph
Wednesday, January 7, 20096 Comments
"It's easy to say why migrant workers are treated differently than Canadian workers. You just say 'well they're not citizens'," said Eddie Huesca, an organizer of the event. SSMW hopes to bring to light the arbitrariness of providing Canadians with employment and human rights that non-Canadians are not granted. The group also feels that students are under-informed about the struggle of a substantial number of Filipino live-in caregivers living and working in Guelph.
Critics believe that the Live-in Caregiver Program enables the Canadian government to reap the benefits of world economic inequality by enticing poor women of colour to come to Canada and work under conditions that leave them extremely vulnerable to exploitation. These workers become totally dependent on their employer since their stay in Canada and their livelihood are threatened if they quit. They face deportation soon after becoming unemployed and are compelled to stay at their jobs even if the conditions are exploitative or abusive.
The film, "When Strangers Re-Unite", will highlight the social isolation and exclusion faced by these women as well as their journey home to be reunited with their families. Connie Sorio, from KAIROS, will be attending in order to discuss the rights of migrant workers and the challenges they face in gaining the full rights granted to Canadian workers.
Citizenship Awareness Week runs from January 12th to 18th and is an initiative of the university's Student Life department. For more information you can email
The event will take place: Monday, Jan. 12 in UC 442, 6-7:30pm
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Check out info on the film When Strangers Re-Unite