Speak up against abuse, foreign workers urged

published by asingh on Sat, 01/25/2014 – 10:55
It’s not easy for temporary foreign workers to speak publicly about abuse and intimidation in their workplaces, but the United Steelworkers (USW) hopes to change that.
The USW has launched a website and toll-free phone number to encourage workers to confidentially reach out for help.
The website and toll-free number are part of the USW’s national campaign, Give Everyone A Chance for Canada’s Future, that advocates for changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
“The group of temporary foreign workers from the Philippines has shown remarkable courage in coming forward with very serious allegations against Tim Hortons in Fernie, B.C.,” said Stephen Hunt, USW Western Canada Director.
“Our objective is to help empower more workers to do the same,” Hunt said.
“Members of Steelworkers Local 9346 in Fernie gained the workers’ confidence and have been actively supporting and assisting them,” Hunt noted.
“Temporary Foreign Workers face risks by going public with claims against an employer because they depend on that employer for their future and well-being. Having the support and assistance of unions helps these brave workers take the difficult steps towards seeking justice.”
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