Canada[ edit ] Since the s, farmers in Ontario and other provinces have been meeting some of their seasonal labour needs by hiring temporary workers from Caribbean countries and, sincefrom Mexico under the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program CSAWP. This federal initiative allows for the organized entry into Canada of low- to mid-level skilled farm workers for up to eight months a year to fill labour shortages on Canadian farms during peak periods of planting, cultivating and harvesting of specified farm commodities. The program is run jointly with the governments of Mexico and the participating Caribbean states, which recruit the workers and appoint representatives in Canada to assist in the program's operations.
Michael Hancock of the U. United States of America Advocates representing migrant farm workers in the United States and government representatives in some ways were largely in agreement at a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights IACHR on November 2,at least over the need to protect the human rights of that particularly vulnerable population.
But the two sides testified from different perspectives, with the government listing the host of services it provides and the petitioning organizations speaking of conditions in which government programs are ineffective. As a way to consider bridging the gap, the U.
The petitioners were organized by the RFK Center but included representatives from organizations working among migrant communities in Florida and New York as well.
He laid out the history of mistreatment of farm workers as a vestige of de jure racism against black people in the South, and summarized human rights issues facing farm workers with and without legal immigration status. She grew emotional as she said that she was herself a victim but was too ashamed and afraid to say anything.
He said that migrant workers are unable to protect their own rights because large corporate buyers push down the price of the produce farm workers pick and the workers are unable to push for higher compensation.
Representing the United States, Ambassador Lomellin brought a contingent from a host of government agencies. Such efforts included attempts to enforce laws on payment of wages and other labor issues—regardless of immigration status—under his department as well as initiatives such as pesticide control under the Environmental Protection Agency and policing of sexual discrimination or harassment under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Despite the agreement on the vulnerability of the individuals, the petitioners said that the list of initiatives was impressive but did not result in attainable rights.
McMullen, speaking for himself, noted that the problem is exacerbated because legal service providers are often denied access to workers by employers who also provide housing.
The issues were of particular concern to the Commissioners, who expressed interest in a state visit.Migrant workers offer another example of how upholding the rights and freedoms of both documented and undocumented migrant workers does not undermine state sovereignty but strengthens states.
Migrant workers are subject to increased discrimination during economic downturns. An effective policy response depends on social dialogue in which competing .
The Convention constitutes the broadest framework in international law for the protection of the rights of migrant workers and members of their families and provides guidance to States on how to respect the rights of migrants while developing and implementing labour migration policies.”.
Migrant workers contribute to the economies of their host countries, and the remittances they send home help to boost the economies of their countries of origin. Yet at the same time migrant workers often enjoy little social protection, face inequalities in the labour market and are .
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