TORONTO, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - While the Ontario apple industry waits to
hear if they will receive a financial bailout from both levels of
government, Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) is asking both the
federal and provincial governments what steps they are taking to
protect hundreds of apple workers who have experienced a dramatic loss
of income because of a devastating frost that destroyed 80% to 90% of
this year's apple crop.
"Hundreds of migrant workers have lost work this year. Many were sent
home after only a few weeks of work or will not be called up to work in
Canada this year. The social safety net is designed to protect workers
when there is an economic downturn. Seasonal migrant workers pay into
EI but for the most part can't access benefits. Bailing out employers
does nothing to help workers who have lost a majority of their income.
We need protections in place so that all workers are supported through
this situation," says Chris Ramsaroop, organizer with Justicia for
Migrant Workers (J4MW).
While the Federal government undertakes steps to limit access to
unemployment insurance, provincial labour laws do little to protect
seasonal workers. J4MW wants to raise awareness of the impact this
crisis will have on the farm workers who put food on our table.
SOURCE Justicia for Migrant Workers
For further information:
Chris Ramsaroop at 647 834 4932