VANCOUVER, June 16 /CNW/ - A major study of the working conditions of BC
immigrant and migrant farmworkers will be released at a news conference
"This study will serve as a wake-up call," says co-author Arlene McLaren,
SFU Professor Emerita of Sociology. "Our research finds that farmworkers are
being treated as second-class citizens, and remain vulnerable to abuses of
their rights such as dangerous working conditions and violations of health and
"We've developed a blueprint for reforming the laws and regulations
governing farm work," says co-author Mark Thompson, a Professor Emeritus with
UBC's Sauder School of Business who headed up a commission on employment
standards in the 1990s.
The study draws from numerous sources, including interviews with key
informants in government and the farm industry, and extensive interviews with
Indo-Canadian immigrant and Mexican migrant farmworkers.
News conference details:
Wednesday June 18, 9:30 am
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1425
Co-hosted by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Justicia for
Migrant Workers; BC Federation of Labour; and Progressive Intercultural
Community Services Society.
For further information:
For further information: Terra Poirier, (604) 801-5121 x229; MEDIA
OUTSIDE VANCOUVER: Call to pre-book a phone interview