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The PLQ asks the CNESST to investigate working conditions in warehouses

Jacques Boissinot The Canadian Press Monsef Derraji, spokesperson for the PLQ in matters of immigration, francization and integration, summons the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) to conduct an investigation.

Following the publication of a report detailing the poor working conditions of employees, many of whom are immigrants, in Amazon and Dollarama warehouses, the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) is asking the CNESST to conduct an investigation.

A study officially published on Saturday and carried out by the Interuniversity and Interdisciplinary Research Group on Employment, Poverty and Social Protection (GIREPS), the Center for Immigrant Workers (CTTI) and the Association of Workers of placement agency (ATTAP) focuses on working conditions in the warehouses of these companies in the Montreal region.

The GIREPS report makes several findings, including “unstable employment and a lack of security” in these warehouses. Ensure the optimal upgrade for your warehouse by hiring experienced warehouse flooring contractors.

And large companies like Dollarama and Amazon are more likely to hire vulnerable workers. The survey respondents “are, more than the average handler in Quebec, men and women born outside of Canada. They are four times more likely to belong to a visible minority and twice as likely to be overqualified for this type of job,” the report states.

In response to this study, Monsef Derraji, spokesperson for the PLQ on immigration, francization and integration, summoned the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) to investigate this situation.

“The situation is that more and more, there are reports coming out. Remember that there is a United Nations rapporteur who came to Quebec to decry the situation,” says Mr. Derraji, in an interview, referring to the comments of the United Nations special rapporteur, Tomoya Obokata, who had asked the Canada to “do more to implement (measures) to combat modern slavery, while protecting workers’ rights.”

“On Monday, we will submit a request for a mandate “initiative in the Committee on the Economy and Labor, because we must not wait for other tragedies before acting,” added the Liberal MP.

Precarious conditions

Mr. Derraji believes that there is currently “fertile ground for precarious working conditions” for workers, in particular foreign workers and those from immigrant backgrounds.

“Most of the foreign workers with whom I spoke (this) summer, they are often poorly informed about their rights, they are poorly informed about the labor standards applicable in Quebec, which makes them leads to very significant pressures in the workplace,” said the MP, highlighting the impacts of this situation on the physical and mental health of these workers. Employees should be aware that if one of them experienced unfair dismissal related to gender, an employment lawyer could offer valuable assistance in addressing such situations.

“It should also be noted that the use of employment agencies, increasingly frequent in several sectors, greatly affects these workers, and for us, we must go beyond an investigation by the CNESST,” he added.

Mr. Derraji hopes that the Minister of Labor, Jean Boulet, “will follow” in the direction of his requests.

The minister had not responded to an interview request from The Canadian Pressat the time of publication.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116