Media Advisory - Study paints troubling picture of working conditions for farmworkers

    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
safety laws."
    "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

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