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Rapport/communiqué de presse

Human and labour rights of Mexicans absent from NAFTA Summit

Date

2014-02-21

Auteurs

UFCW/TUAC Canada

Institution responsable

UFCW

Texte complet

Mexico City, Mexico – February 21, 2014 – The NAFTA Summit held in Toluca, Mexico on February 19 should have marked the beginning of a new dialogue between Mexico and Canada: a dialogue that fosters unconditional respect for the labour rights of all migrant workers.
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After 70 years of bilateral relations, 40 years after the signing of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, and 20 years after the signing of NAFTA, trade and investment between Mexico and Canada have grown exponentially.
Unfortunately, the issue of the fundamental rights of Mexicans in Canada, particularly those of migrant and immigrant workers, was deliberately left aside during the meeting.
Mexico has described Canada’s unilateral imposition of a visa on Mexican visitors to Canada as an "irritant", but the truth is the impact of this measure is minimal compared to the constant violations of the fundamental rights of less fortunate Mexicans who travel to Canada as low skilled temporary workers or undocumented workers.
Ironically, it is the very Mexican government that has violated the rights of Mexicans abroad by failing to protect them, penalizing those who raise their voices to fight for their rights by forming a union.
Since 2009, Mexico faces charges of anti-union activity for conspiring with Canadian farmers to exclude people from the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program who tried to join the union, UFCW Canada Local 1518.
Last February 14, Mexico filed an appeal before the British Columbia Supreme Court to erase documented evidence and sworn testimonies that confirm its blatant disrespect for its own citizens’ freedom of association.
Mexico and Canada can keep pretending they are business partners, or may finally assume that the profile of Mexican migration to Canada has changed. Both countries are responsible for the dignified and respectful treatment of all workers, regardless of their origin or migratory status.

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Secteurs économiques

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Types de contenu

Initiatives de soutien

Groupes cibles

Sensibilisation du public, Syndicats et ONG/groupes communautaires/réseaux de solidarité

Pertinence géographique

México et Fédéral

Sphères d’activité

Droit et Science politique

Langues

Français et Anglais