TFPC Stands in Solidarity with Migrant Workers

July 7th, 2020

The TFPC is proud to support the Justice for Migrant Worker’s emergency call for the immediate shutdown of Ontario’s agriculture industry until all farms and workplaces are sanitized and workers are protected. 

Below is the emergency statement from Justice for Migrant Workers, J4MW. 

Emergency statement from Justice for Migrant Workers (J4MW) calls for an immediate shut down of the entire agricultural industry until every workplace is fully sanitized and safety measures are put in place to ensure that the workers are not working under risk to their life and health. Over 1,000 farm workers have been diagnosed with COVID19.

The industry must immediately cease production and as a society we must demand thagt the interests of the workers are paramount not the profits of a billion dollar industry. All workers should be paid full salaries during the entire shut down. Workers must be immediately put into hotels and motels and provided individual rooms to prevent the further spread of the pandemic. We must demand an end to the structural and systemic racism that is inherent in the agricultural industry and that manifests itself through both precarious immigration status and a myriad of exclusions that deny agricultural workers fairness in both working and living conditions. No workers should face reprisals for standing for their rights.
Our demands
A) full access to all benefits, healthcare and application of all labour standards that Canadian workers are entitled to
B)Non-discriminatory testing across the entire community and food chain.
C)all workers tested positive must get the benefits of full quarantine even if they are asymptomatic
D) Permanent residence status to all workers with temporary or undocumented status

Our message to provincial and federal politicians- Stop murdering migrants by your inactions!