The Just Work Tour has wrapped up, but our work together continues!
Check out our blog for photos and highlights from the tour.
Thank you to our many supporters who have helped make this tour possible.
You can still take action to support our programs in Latin America by giving a gift to Inter Pares today.
It is a time like no other for international solidarity. The economy continues to cause trouble all over the world, work is precarious and people are on the move at home and abroad.
Together, we can collaborate to respond to these challenges and to find ways to promote international social justice.
Join us in making collaboration possible this fall!
With your help, Inter Pares and our counterpart, Project Counselling Service will bring three representatives from Latin American organizations working for justice for migrant workers to Canada for a learning and strategizing exchange in October-November 2012.
Give a gift to Inter Pares to support organizers at the Association of Guatemalans United for our Rights, or Asociacion Guatemaltecos Unidos por Nuestros Derechos (AGUND), an emerging workers’ rights initiative in Guatemala comprised of former and current migrant workers.
- A gift of $900 will cover the cost of air travel for one delegate, from Guatemala to Canada. (Have 9 friends? Pitch in together and help make this happen!)
- A gift of $150 will cover the cost of Visas for the entire delegation.
- A gift of $50 will pay for gas to Cobourg where the delegation could meet with migrant workers in Ontario.
Why support a migrant workers’ rights exchange right now?
Despite their importance to Canada’s economy and food production, temporary migrant workers are among the most marginalized labour force in Canada. Labour rights abuses under Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Programs have been widely documented including grueling working conditions, overcrowded housing, lack of access to health care, and threats of immediate deportation for those who speak out against abuses.
In their home countries, temporary migrant workers have fallen victim to unregulated recruiting agencies that can charge exorbitant amounts, including in some cases, having the workers sign over the title to their properties as a condition to secure a position.
Even with difficult conditions – most notably having to be separated from their families for many months on end – many Latin Americans rely on these types of programs in Canada, Mexico and the US for jobs. And the Canadian economy relies on them too. Troubling changes to an already complex program are on the horizon in Canada, such as new provisions announced in April 2012 that will allow employers to pay migrant workers up to 15% less than the average wage prevailing in the same region.
It is more important than ever that we invest in working in solidarity with communities in Latin America for migrant justice.
In addition to building closer ties with grassroots groups working with migrant workers in Canada, the delegates will participate in Food Secure Canada’s 7th National Assembly November 1 – 4, 2012 in Edmonton, making links between worker’s rights and sustainable agriculture, food and health, ecology and economy.
How is Inter Pares involved in the struggle for migrants’ rights?
Inter Pares works with Project Counselling Service, Consejeria en Proyectos in Latin America. PCS was established in 1979 to promote and defend human rights in Latin America, including by supporting community based organizations such as AGUND.
Since its inception, Inter Pares has worked with PCS to:
Raise funds and political support from the Canadian government and public in support of hundreds of social justice and community based organizations throughout Latin America,
Connect colleagues at PCS to other counterparts in Canada and abroad, who are struggling with issues related to human rights, migration, and migrant workers’ rights in Canada,
Support women’s leadership through a feminist approach, and
Engage the Canadian public on issues affecting our Latin American counterparts, such as migration, the political participation of women and indigenous peoples and local control of resources.
With your help, the delegation will have the opportunity to:
- Build closer ties with grassroots groups working with migrant workers in Canada.
- Learn about how the programs are functioning in Canada.
- Share their knowledge and perspective with Canadian decision-makers.
Inter Pares will have the opportunity to:
- Accompany the delegation to meetings with grassroots organizers in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
- Learn more about the particular challenges migrant workers face in Mesoamerica.
- Connect the delegation to Canadian decision-makers.
- Share our learning with the Canadian public, to facilitate a better understanding of the many issues at play.
You will have the opportunity to:
- Interact with delegates and Inter Pares staff as they blog about the visit and the movement for migrant workers’ rights. (See recent posts on the right)
- Hear about the difference your gift has made through email update.
- If you’re in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa, come and join our events!
For more information about our work and how you can get involved contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org