Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Temporary foreign worker videos

The Alberta 2012 project (run by the labour-sponsored Alberta Labour history Institute) has just released a video documenting the abuses inherent in Alberta's Temporary Foreign Worker program. You can view the video here.

It is quite powerful to hear the experience of temporary foreign workers and their advocates. It calls into question government MLAs' assertions that temporary foreign workers are adequately protected in Alberta. There is a fair bit of research underway about on this topic but this video really puts a human face to the issue of guest workers, including illegal underground workers.

It is also interesting to see how the provincial and federal governments have colluded with corporations to expand the labour force via immigration in order to cheapen labour and exploit vulnerable foreign nationals.

-- Bob Barnetson

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