Migrant Voices - Monday July 30th

Monday at 11am on CKUT, the Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) presents the account of a Mexican man who worked for up to 80 hours a week as a butcher in conditions tantamount to slavery.

“I was basically a slave,” he states. “There’s no other word to describe it.”

His story of struggle for dignity challenges popular notions of the “Canadian dream,” which construes Canada as an idyllic place for immigrants.

“I have a lot of experience working in the United States, and I can tell you with respect to my rural countrymen and all of the people in Mexican cities intending to come here: Canada is not the dream of the Mexican people.”

This broadcast is part of the Migrant Voices project. Migrant Voices is a series of testimonies recorded in workshops organized by the IWC and CKUT. In these segments, workers share their stories about their lives and struggles in their places of work.

The IWC and CKUT will present a new edition of Migrant Voices every Monday at 11am throughout the summer.