Foreign workers form alliance for better treatment

Want permanent status granted to migrant workers upon arrival
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/21/2011

Temporary foreign workers, live-in caregivers and seasonal agricultural workers in Ontario are coming together to advocate for better treatment by employers and the government.

“We want to improve the working and living conditions for all temporary foreign workers in the province and we want to ensure workers are involved,” said Carolina Alvarado, co-ordinator of the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, launched June 1 in Toronto. “The demands come from them, this is what they want — not to be oppressed and marginalized in Canada.”

The alliance is made up of migrant workers, activists, grassroots community groups, community faith groups and labour organizations. Seventeen Ontario organizations are involved from Toronto, Niagara and Windsor and the alliance is looking to connect to other groups across the province, said Alvarado.