Sunday, November 25, 2007

Temporary Labour or Disposable Workers?

Temporary Labour or Disposable Workers? - by TIM MURPHY, The Dominion
Don MacNeil from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union is equally critical of the government-run program.

"It's a litany of horror stories that almost smack of servitude. They [the workers] are artificially subdued because the threat of being sent back is always hanging over their heads and so the complaints part of the process is largely silent."

The permit that allows foreigners to work in Canada has their employer's name on it. Although they are theoretically entitled to the same employment and labour rights as Canadian workers, they don't have the same freedom to act on those rights, since they can be sent home at any time, without question and at the discretion of the employer.

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