Independent Workers Assoc Call for Inquiry into Ruby Dhalla's Treatment of Her Nannies



    TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - The Independent Workers Association - Homeworker
Section is calling on the Attorney General of Ontario to launch an
investigation into Ontario Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla's treatment of live-in
caregivers under her employ.
    According to today's Toronto Star the caregivers employed by Ms. Dhalla
had their rights violated. If proven true, their allegations would constitute
violation of both labour laws (minimum wage) and immigration laws.
    "These accusations should be investigated promptly and thoroughly. And
while the investigation is ongoing Ms. Dhalla should step down from her critic
responsibilities," said Peter Leibovitch of the Independent Workers
Association.
    The fact that many live-in caregivers are subject to abuse by employers
and agencies has been documented by Peter Fonseca, Ontario Minister of Labour.
This documentation underlines the need to investigate any serious allegation
of an elected representative abusing her position of power and status.
    "There is a wider public policy issue involved. As long as the Live-in
Caregiver Program is purely temporary, and not a permanent resident program,
caregivers will continue to be vulnerable to the actions of unscrupulous
agents and abusive employers.
    "We call on the Federal Government and Jason Kenney to finally convert
the temporary status to a permanent status and allow an open permit for
caregivers so they are not tied to one employer. Making the Live-in Caregiver
Program an open work permit and a permanent resident program, will be
beneficial to both employer and employee, as it will allow workers to start
right away.
    "Caregivers are supposed to be hired to deliver care for our elderly and
infirmed and daycare for our children. They are not supposed to be treated as
modern day slaves, shining shoes for abusive employers." Said Leibovitch.

    The IWA is an associated project of the United Steelworkers working with
live-in caregivers and other new Canadian workers.





For further information:

For further information: Peter Leibovitch, (416) 278-4123


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