International Migrants Day – December 18

December 18, 2023

As the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, we acknowledge International Migrants Day on December 18, 2023, and take the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of migrant workers to our communities, economies and societies.

Migrant workers are the backbone of many sectors in Nova Scotia. They contribute enormously to our economy, not only through their labour but also through their cultural richness and diversity. They bring new ideas, perspectives, and skills that enrich our province and strengthen us. They work in industries critical to our economy, such as agriculture, health care, and construction, often under challenging conditions and with fewer protections than other workers.

However, despite their vital contributions, migrant workers often face precarious living and working conditions. They may be vulnerable to exploitation, discrimination, and marginalization. They may lack access to essential services and supports, including healthcare, housing, and legal rights. This is unacceptable. As a society, we must do better to ensure that migrant workers are treated with the dignity, respect, and fairness they deserve.

On this International Migrants Day, we call for comprehensive reforms to improve the rights and protections of migrant workers. We demand that all workers, no matter immigration status, have the same rights and protections. We call for an end to the exploitation and mistreatment of migrant workers. We urge the government to establish clear pathways to permanent residency for all migrant workers and their families, recognizing their valuable contributions to our province.

We also call on employers to recognize the rights of migrant workers and to ensure that they are treated fairly and with respect. We encourage all Nova Scotians to stand in solidarity with migrant workers and to advocate for their rights.

We believe that every worker deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. We believe in Nova Scotia, where everyone has the right to safe, decent work and a life free from discrimination and exploitation.

On this International Migrants Day, let us commit to making these beliefs a reality. Let us stand in solidarity with migrant workers, recognizing their vital contributions and advocating for their rights. Together, we can create a fairer, more inclusive Nova Scotia.

In solidarity,

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour.

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