migrant worker rights

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Alabama immigration: crops rot as workers vanish to avoid crackdown | US news | The Guardian

georgia was just the start and now it’s gaining traction.

Brian Cash can put a figure to the cost of Alabama’s new immigration law: at least $100,000. That’s the value of the tomatoes he has personally ripening out in his fields and that are going unpicked because his Hispanic workforce vanished literally overnight.

For generations, Cash’s family have farmed 125 acres atop the Chandler mountain, a plateau in the north of the state about nine miles long and two miles wide. It’s perfect tomato-growing country – the soil is sandy and rich, and the elevation provides a breeze that keeps frost at bay and allows early planting.

For four months every year he employs almost exclusively Hispanic male workers to pick the harvest. This year he had 64 men out in the fields.
Then HB56 came into effect, the new law that makes it a crime not to carry valid immigration documents and forces the police to check on anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally.

A day in the life a White Supremacist

  1. Walk into supermarket.
  2. Notice Tescos have put in twenty automated checkouts where there used to be fully staffed conveyors. There is one non-white British person running the handbasket till. 
  3. Blame immigrants for taking all the jobs.

C: I think the funniest thing I’ve read on this website was this Jewish blogger stating they couldn’t be racist/anti Black. Like what? There are non Black Israeli Jews terrorizing Afro Palestinians, Ethiopian Jews, and African migrant workers right now. There have been multiple White passing Jewish celebrities that have made very racist statements I mean did we forget about Donald Sterling? Just because you are an oppressed group does not mean you can’t be racist and/or anti Black.

If you care about the safety and human rights and bodily integrity of women, you care about sex workers rights.

If you care about the safety and opportunities and human rights of poor people, to a living wage, to affordable housing, to health care, you care about sex workers rights.

If you care about the lives and safety and human rights of people of colour, you care about sex workers rights.

If you care about the lives and safety and job opportunities and human rights of trans people and especially trans women, you care about sex workers rights.

If you care about fighting western imperialism and capitalism and the way it destroys the countries, landscapes, resources, and lives of people outside of Western Europe and North America–if you care about immigration rights and migrant workers safety and human rights and the abilities of people in Southeast Asia or South Africa, for example, to survive with dignity and have protection from stis and have human rights which are respected, you care about sex workers rights.

If you care about the fight against HIV and are against the criminalization of poverty and the criminalization of HIV, you care about sex workers rights.

None of these things are extricable. ALL are connected, often multiple times over in a messy criss cross that white western imperialists ignore for their own profit.

If you want ANY of this to change, you need to be committed and supportive of ALL of it changing. Because that’s the only way it will.

Support us. Because deep down, if you have any ethics at all, it’s already compatible with your morality.

So this December, come out for us. Start those awkward conversations about lives lost in imperialist border policies, about TPP, about RHYA, about all lives mattering, sure, but many lives being much more at risk than others and how we need to be there to support and protect those lives. About affordable housing and poverty and domestic violence and rape culture and how only human rights can stop the wrongs.

Be an accomplice.

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It didn’t just matter for one weekend. all agricultural workers deserve humane working conditions ALL THE TIME. sin ellos no comes!!! SIN ELLOS NO SE PUEDE TRABAJAR! SPREAD THE WORD & MAKE SURE PEOPLE KNOW THEIR RIGHTS. Contact the UFW by text message: text CALOR to 877877 Call the UFW Foundation toll-free at 1-877-881-8281 Call Cal/OSHA toll-free at 1-877-99-CALOR (1-877-992-2567)

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These are infographics I helped make to promote the Migrante Partylist! Help give a voice for Overseas Filipino Workers that endure unfair working conditions all over the world.

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Stop the mass deportation of thousands of immigrants on April 1st.

I know we usually post news articles and not petitions, but it was fairly difficult to find articles that weren’t super shitty on this issue, either scaremongering about the rise that will occur in “illegal immigrants” or mostly being concerned about the loss of workers and economic potential for Canada rather than the rights of human beings. 

My name is —–, I am a migrant worker employed under Canada’s temporary foreign workers program. I work under the ‘low-waged temporary foreign worker’ scheme, a Federal Government program that ties me to an employer, denies me the opportunity to work for another employer and excludes me from many protections that other workers enjoy. I paid tens of thousands of dollars to work at my minimum wage job. I came to Canada to provide an opportunity for my family so that my children can go to school and have a better life.

 However, on April 01, 2015, the Federal Government will take away my ability to work. This is because the ‘four and four’ rule will come into effect. All low-waged temporary workers like myself as well as migrants employed under the Live-In Caregiver streams who have worked in Canada for more than four years will be banned from working and forced to leave. Tens of thousands of migrants will lose their job. This is one of the largest deportations in Canadian history.

 I am urging you to support me and the hundreds of thousands of other workers by urging the Federal Government to:  

  1.  An end to the 4 & 4 rule so migrant workers can continue to work here.

 2.  Grant migrant workers in Canada permanent residency.

 3.  Ensure migrant worker access to all social benefits and entitlements  

 4.  Enact legislation to grant permanent residency for all migrants upon arrival.

 I and the hundreds of migrant workers, and community advocates who have been raising the alarm bells on the program are urging you to take a stand against this mass deportation order. We want meaningful changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program that levels the playing field so we can work with dignity and pride. The temporary foreign program in its current form is flawed and only provides a pathway to precariousness. 

 We migrant workers know that government policies divide Canadian and migrant workers. Popular myths that migrant workers are stealing jobs and driving down wages of Canadian workers are untrue. The problem is with provincial laws that allow us to be paid less, and deny us real protection to ask for our rights. The solution is not to get rid of us, it is for all of us to work together to ensure no one is paid less than they need to live, and everyone can demand and win their rights. 

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Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealed: More than one worker died every two days in 2014
December 26, 2014

Nepalese migrants building the infrastructure to host the 2022 World Cup have died at a rate of one every two days in 2014 – despite Qatar’s promises to improve their working conditions, the Guardian has learned.

The figure excludes deaths of Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi workers, raising fears that if fatalities among all migrants were taken into account the toll would almost certainly be more than one a day.

Qatar had vowed to reform the industry after the Guardian exposed the desperate plight of many of its migrant workers last year. The government commissioned an investigation by the international law firm DLA Piper and promised to implement recommendations listed in a report published in May.

But human rights organisations have accused Qatar of dragging its feet on the modest reforms, saying not enough is being done to investigate the effect of working long hours in temperatures that regularly top 50C.

The Nepalese foreign employment promotion board said 157 of its workers in Qatar had died between January and mid-November this year – 67 of sudden cardiac arrest and eight of heart attacks. Thirty-four deaths were recorded as workplace accidents.

Figures sourced separately by the Guardian from Nepalese authorities suggest the total during that period could be as high as 188. In 2013, the figure from January to mid-November was 168.

“We know that people who work long hours in high temperatures are highly vulnerable to fatal heat strokes, so obviously these figures continue to cause alarm,” said Nicholas McGeehan, the Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“It’s Qatar’s responsibility to determine if deaths are related to living and working conditions, but Qatar flatly rejected a DLA Piper recommendation to launch an immediate investigation into these deaths last year.”

Some within Qatar suggest the cardiac arrest death rates could be comparable to those among Nepalese workers of a similar age at home. The Indian embassy argued this year that the number of deaths was in line with the average in their home country. But in the absence of robust research or any attempt to catalogue the cause of death, human rights organisations say it is impossible to properly compare figures.

A series of stories in the Guardian have shown that migrant workers from Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and elsewhere were dying in their hundreds. While some were listed as having been killed in workplace accidents, many more were said to have died from sudden, unexplained cardiac arrest.

The government confirmed in the DLA Piper report that 964 workers from Nepal, India and Bangladesh had died while living and working in the Gulf state in 2012 and 2013.

The report recommended that Qatar do more to record and investigate the causes of death among the migrant population but it has made little outward progress.

After it was published, Qatar said it would reform the kafala system that keeps workers tied to their employer, and better enforce laws that require contractors to provide humane living conditions and ban them from seizing passports.

But the system that Qatar proposed to replace kafala would still leave workers tied to their employer for the length of their contract, which could be as much as five years.

Rather than scrapping the exit visa system, which in effect allows employers to stop their charges leaving the country without permission, Qatar proposed a complex procedure that still allowed employers to raise objections.

There are about 400,000 Nepalese workers in Qatar among the 1.4 million migrants working on a £137bn construction spree in the tiny Gulf state. Many travel to Doha having borrowed money from unscrupulous recruitment agencies, only to find the wages and conditions on offer differ significantly from those promised.

The Qatar government also points to increases in the number of labour inspectors and new laws requiring wages to be paid by electronic transfer as evidence that it is serious about improving workers’ rights and conditions.

But an Amnesty International report last month warned that Qatar was “dragging its feet” when it came to making meaningful changes.

“Despite making repeated promises to clean up its act ahead of the World Cup, the government of Qatar still appears to be dragging its feet over some of the most fundamental changes needed, such as abolishing the exit permit and overhauling its abusive sponsorship system,” it said.

“Six months later, only a handful of the limited measures announced in May have even been partially implemented. Overall, the steps taken so far are woefully insufficient.”

In November the Qatari ministry of labour issued a statement saying it was doing everything possible to improve working conditions. “We believe that the people helping us build our country deserve to be fairly paid, humanely treated and protected against exploitation,” it said. “That is why we are reforming our labour laws and practices.

“We fully appreciate there is much more to do but, as in every country in the world, change does not happen overnight. Significant changes such as these take more time to implement than some may wish, but we intend to effect meaningful and lasting change for the benefit of all those who live and work in Qatar.”

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