“For here or to go?” Migrant workers and the enforcement of workplace rights in Canada: temporary foreign workers in the British Columbia hospitality sector

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2017-09-14

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Allen, Danielle

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Why do temporary foreign workers employed in the British Columbia hospitality sector have difficulty enforcing their workplace rights? Using the themes of people, place and time, this thesis explores the demand and supply of migrant workers in the British Columbia hospitality sector, and the challenges temporary foreign workers face at the intersection of immigration law, employment law, occupational health and safety law, and workers’ compensation law. The thesis argues that the low-skilled Temporary Foreign Worker Program shifts the negative consequences of unfair working conditions and workplace health and safety risks over people, place and time: from Canadian workers and employers onto temporary foreign workers; from Canada to elsewhere; and from the present into the future. Workplace rights are not enough for hospitality sector workers, what is needed is better tools for the enforcement of those rights.

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British Columbia, Hospitality, Workplace Rights, Employment Law, Occupational Health and Safety, Workers' Compensation, Temporary Foreign Worker, Migrant Workers, Immigration Law, Demand and Supply of Migrant Workers, Fast food work, Restaurant work, Employment Standards, Human Rights Code

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