The Government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the shipment of 26,000 Mexican day laborers to Canada in 2019, under the Mexico-Canada Temporary Agricultural Workers Program (PTAT) and guaranteed the accompaniment of these to be respected their human and labor rights.
The announcement was made by the Undersecretary of Employment and Labor Productivity, Horacio Duarte, during the ceremony of delivery of documentation to 254 day laborers who traveled this Thursday, March 21, to the province of British Columbia to join agricultural activities.
“Guaranteeing labor mobility in a safe and orderly manner is one of the priorities of the Government of Mexico headed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador,” said Duarte at the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM).
He explained that both the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, through the National Employment System, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintain a solid relationship with the Canadian Government in order to assert the human and labor rights of Mexican workers.
For his part, Ambassador Jacob Prado Gonzalez, general director of Protection of Mexicans Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who was also present at the farewell ceremony of the day laborers, urged Mexican workers to report anomalies in the relationship work or benefits so that intervention can be achieved in the case of irregularities or in the case of accidents to be able to assist them immediately, quickly and effectively.
For the 2019 season, the program added 6 477 contracts with Canadian employers, most of them (85.9%) have been requested by the companies because they have more than two years of work experience in that region and to date 21,500 requirements of additional staff
The contracts have an average duration of 7 months and during their stay the workers have benefits such as accommodation, meals, medical assistance and insurance for illnesses, occupational accidents or pensions.
The new Government of Mexico is expected to demand greater compliance with the standards to Canadian employers, through the competent authorities in Canada, since the Temporary Agricultural Workers program has been questioned on many occasions, due to abuse and poor working conditions. by farmers.
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