Empowering Caregivers and TFWs: Taking Action Against Workplace Mistreatment

In today’s diverse workforce, caregivers and Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) play a crucial role in supporting families and contributing to various industries in Quebec. However, they often face challenges related to mistreatment and unfair labor practices. Recognizing the need to address these issues, PINAY Quebec organized a seminar with a clear mission: to empower caregivers and TFWs with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to assert their rights and ensure their well-being.

The seminar aimed to achieve three main objectives:

1. Educate caregivers and temporary foreign workers (TFWs) on strategies to address mistreatment.

2. Equip TFWs and caregivers with the necessary skills and knowledge to prioritize their well-being.

3. Foster a spirit of collective action among participants, encouraging them to support one another in overcoming shared challenges.

Group Picture at the end of Seminar 4

Joey Calugay, a key contributor to IWC & Migrante Quebec, played a crucial role in providing valuable insights and guidance. The event began with an introduction to Migrante Quebec, where they explained their goals and commitment to assisting caregivers and Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs).

Joey Calugay introducing himself to the participants

One of the key components of the seminar was an in-depth explanation of labor standards that every participant should know. These standards included the right to a safe and respectful workplace, the right to fair pay, and the assurance that employers cannot retaliate against workers for certain actions taken in pursuit of their rights.

The seminar also provided a platform for participants to address their pressing concerns. Questions such as whether an employer could penalize them for filing a complaint or how filing a complaint might affect their immigration status, were thoughtfully answered, removing anxieties and allowing the workers to take action. 

Furthermore, the seminar emphasized the significance of accessing resources. Attendees were encouraged to reach out to Migrante Quebec and CNESST (Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail) for support, while also emphasizing the importance of documenting their experiences for future reference.

Migrante Quebec explained the array of services they offer, including education and advocacy, access to support/service organizations, and referrals to legal services. This support network underscored the seminar’s commitment to empowering caregivers and TFWs.

The seminar also provided a real-world perspective through the PINAY case study. This narrative explored the experiences and challenges faced by caregivers and TFWs, creating a deeper understanding of the complex issues at hand. Empowering caregivers and TFWs to devise their own solutions for specific issues will enable them to effectively address similar situations in their own lives.

Case study group activity, participants thinking of a solution for a problem

Work permit education was a significant component, covering the various types available, with a special focus on the Open Work Permit for Vulnerable Workers. Attendees left with a clear understanding of how this specific permit functions, who is eligible, and how to navigate the application process.

Participants were equipped with the knowledge of the essential evidence adn documents required when applying for the Open Work Permit for Vulnerable Workers ensuring that they are well-prepared to assert their rights effectively. Through these planned activities and presentations, the seminar successfully taught caregivers and TFWs with the tools they need to navigate the complex landscape of their rights and well-being in Quebec.

In summary, Seminar 4  “Taking Action: Combating Workplace Mistreatment”  was a crucial event that equipped caregivers and Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) in Quebec with the knowledge and resources needed to combat workplace mistreatment. As caregivers and TFWs move forward, they do so with increased confidence, a sense of unity, and a commitment to creating a more equitable work environment.


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