NDP Calls for Federal Leadership on Migrant Workers
September 19th, 2016 - 5:02pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA – Today in response to the report on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, NDP Employment Critic Niki Ashton (Churchill – Keewatinook Aski) is calling on the government to show leadership on the rights of migrant workers and all workers in Canada. New democrats provided a dissenting report included in the final report.
“This report is part of a public relations exercise by the government. Despite certain positive pronouncements in the report, the trend of dependency on exploitable migrant work does not seem to be changing, “ said Ashton.
While the report refers to access to permanent residency, there is no concrete plan or commitment to make such avenues available to all workers.There is no reference to expansion of the social safety net to migrant workers. And there is a troubling indication that mechanisms to assess Canadian labour market needs and protect Canadian jobs will be further weakened. The NDP’s dissenting report reflected these concerns.
"We as New Democrats believe that if you’re good enough to work here, you’re good enough to live here. We have seen this government say one thing to Canadians, and do the exact opposite. This is particularly dangerous as they consider ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) which would allow for an explosion of temporary work. The government has been given a chance to do things differently, and they have fallen short. Now is the time to show leadership and put an end to the exploitation”, added Ashton.
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