Simcoe, Ontario – Migrant workers stage Wildcat Strike

This press release describes the situation at Ghesquiere Farms, where

Over a 100 migrant farm workers employed at Ghesquiere Plants Ltd. are  facing imminent repatriation (deportation) after staging a wildcat strike to demanding thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.

The migrant workers from Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados came together across racial, linguistic and ethnic lines to organize this wild cat strike and strengthen their collective power. The workers employed by this farm described numerous rights violations and complaints about their living conditions including the following:

•    Workers are each owed from $1000 to $6000  in unpaid wages
•    Workers are to be evicted and will be homeless as of Thursday, November 25th, 2010
•    Most of the Mexican and Trinidadian workers will be repatriated by this Thursday. All Jamaican
workers have been repatriated.
•    Electricity and heat has been cut off in one bunk
•    Deplorable and very crowed living conditions

Some good blog coverage of the situation is available on “Youth and Work“.

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