Thursday, February 19, 2015
a call to join a march on March 1, 2015 in support of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada
Draft promo video calling for participation in a March to highlight the plight of migrant workers in Canada.
Starting February 28th, migrants and supporters across the country are escalating the campaign to call on the Federal Government to reverse the four and four rule.
When this rule comes into effect on April 1st, 2015, all low-waged migrant workers employed under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and Live-In Caregiver / Caregiver Program who have worked in Canada for more than four years will be banned from continuing to work in Canada and forced to leave. They will also be barred from returning to Canada as workers for a further four years. Those that choose to stay will become undocumented.
These changes are effectively a mass deportation. These rules will tear apart families, friends and communities across the country. Migrant workers pay tens of thousands of dollars to come to Canada and work at minimum wage jobs to provide an opportunity for their family; so that their children can go to school; and to have a better life. The 4 & 4 rule strips away migrant workers’ dignity, forces workers already in precarity into further uncertainty, and criminalises them by imposing discriminatory and arbitrary barriers.
We demand that:
An immediate moratorium be placed on the 4 & 4 rule, so workers here may continue to work.
Permanent residency be given to migrant workers already in Canada.
Migrant workers receive access to all social benefits and entitlements
Legislation be enacted providing permanent residency for all migrants upon arrival.
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