Mounting pressure for Labour Ministry to address issues being faced by Jamaican farm workers in Canada

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Stakeholders are putting increasing pressure on Labour Minister Karl Samuda to address the reported unfavorable working conditions and treatment of Jamaicans participating in the Canadian farm work program.

In an update released late yesterday night, the ministry said that the press conference has been postponed until further notice. The Minister was scheduled to host the press conference today to inform the country on the activities of the ministry and to address urgent concerns connected to the program.

Mr. Samuda has drawn criticism for appearing to ignore the workers’ complaints and for saying that, during a recent visit to the Canadian fields, no maltreatment had been seen.

Up to yesterday some of the migrant workers took to social media to post complaints about their situation including comments about the treatment of a man who reportedly fell from a ladder while on the job at a cherry farm in British Colombia.