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+100 Migrant Workers Deported Following Wildcat Strike

Simcoe, Ontario Farm Owes + $1000 Per Worker In Wages

by Chris Ramsaroop & Peter Driftmier Agriculture, →Environment

» Download file 'migrant workers podcast.mp3' (18MB)

Justicia For Migrant Workers has been working with the 100 workers
Justicia For Migrant Workers has been working with the 100 workers

Over 100 temporary migrant workers were denied wages and rights on the Ghesquire Plants Ltd, in Simcoe Ontario. After staging an unauthorized ("wildcat") strike, most of the workers have been deported. Chris Ramsaroop is an organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers. He is based in Toronto.

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This interview was first broadcast on Worm's-Eye View: Grassroots News, on CJSF 90.1 FM. Worm's-Eye View brings alternative, community-oriented social justice programming to the Lower Mainland of BC. We broadcast live Fridays from 10-11am PST.

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Justicia for Migrant Workers

We're driving to Simcoe County Tuesday for a follow-up protest.

Smokey Dymny, of the Vancouver Island I.W.W. Branch is in Toronto this month visiting his children who attend school here. He is going with Justicia tomorrow to play songs for the deported and remaining workers.

Smokey (who's 63) arrived in Canada 60 years ago as a displaced Polish  person,(D.P.) from a refugee camp in Germany. He has played musical support  since the 1970s for: strikes, anti-nuclear-missile protests (he was a key organizer with ACT for Disarmament in the 80s), environmentalists, Coal Watch on Vancouver Island, the Quadra Island Sierra Club, animal Liberation groups, OCAP, the IWW, Earth First!, ant-Globalization fighters (he helped plan the anti-G-7 events in 1988 and was arrested 3x during the event when he &130 protesters leaped across double police barricades with Arrest Warrants for: Margaret Thatcher, Brian Mulroney, Ronald Reagan and the others) May Day and Mayworks events (Mayworks uses his "May Day" song at the opening of its meetings), and on parade floats in 3 years of Toronto Labour Day parades.

He has recorded two CD's (available from the IWW's main web site). and has another 100 original songs still to record (no money, alas) He is usually not paid more than bare expenses for these protests. Sometimes payment consisted of a bumper sticker, or a cup of coffee. He carries very colourful guitar cases covered in political bumper stickers.

He continues to write and to perform for anti-poverty, pro-union and anti-government events, mostly on Vancouver Island, in Cumberland and around Toronto. He has to advertise his CDs for sale as he is living on a reduced pension because his whole job category (13 Streetworkers in the Toronto Board of Education)  was fired by the Mike Harris government  in the 90s. 

He can be reached for just about any kind political event (to perform or to write a song) at or 250-285-2447 after Jan 8th.

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