When: Saturday November 23rd, 2013 Launch: 13:30-16:00
Press Conference: 16:00-16:45
Where: Room A-2885, Pavilion Hubert-Aquin, 400 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est,
Who: Temporary Foreign Workers Association
On Saturday November 23rd, The Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) of Montreal is hosting the launch of the Temporary Foreign Workers Association (TFWA). The association will work to organize, support, and advocate for the welfare and rights of all migrant workers in Québec. The TFWA is being built as a permanent worker-led organization under the umbrella of the IWC.
Canadian Labour has seen an increase in foreign workers, many of whom are exploited by their employers and prevented from organizing and/or unionizing in their workplace. Due to their status as temporary workers in Canada, many are in precarious situations with little to no support.
The IWC is excited to be launching this association. Temporary foreign workers from all over Quebec will attend the weekend event. Currently there are members in Trois Rivières, Chicoutimi, Sainte-Adèle, Granby, Portneuf, Plessisville, Montréal, and Québec City. These workers hail from a variety of countries including Tunisia, Guatemala, the Philippines, Spain, Italy, Mauritius, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. Moreover, temporary workers are found working in many major industries in Quebec, such as linguistic testing labs, telecommunications, aerospace and machine parts production, slaughterhouses, landscaping, restaurants, industrial laundry, and recycling plants.
An expected 100 people will be at the event. The launch will be a starting point for workers under the program to gather together and commit to the objectives and campaigns of the organization.
The launch will be held at the Université du Québec à Montréal, 400 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montréal, QC Room A-2885, Pavilion Hubert-Aquin, between 13:30 h and 16:00 h, followed by a press conference from 16:00 to 16:45. Interviews are available upon request.