Mexico found guilty of blacklisting Mexican migrant workers in Canada suspected of being pro-union

Mexico found guilty of blacklisting Mexican migrant workers in Canada suspected of being pro-union


BCLRB Decision of the Board - Mexico vs BCLRB
20 March 2014

BC Supreme Court Judgement - Mexico vs BCLRB
15 Jan 2014

LRB Response to Mexico BC Supreme Court Petition

Declaration of Victor Robles re: Blacklist

Mexico labour ministry refuses to provide information
La Jornada – 20 March 2012

BC hearings start into Blacklisting of Mexican migrant workers
UFCW Canada – February 21, 2012

B.C. labour activists rally for Mexican migrant workers
CBC News - December 18, 2011

Vancouver protest on International Migrants Day aimed at Mexico blacklisting
UFCW Canada - December 18, 2011

Migrant farmers discriminated after joining union
24 Hours - Vancouver - December 18, 2011

Concerns BC migrant workers are being blacklisted
News1130 - December 18, 2011

Santa gets political in Vancouver
London Free Press - December 17, 2011

"Stop the Blacklisting" protesters hold mock funeral outside Mexico Consulate in Vancouver
UFCW Canada - November 14, 2011

BC activists protest Mexico claim of immunity
UFCW Canada - October 17, 2011

Mexico claims immunity in B.C. charges
UFCW Canada - October 17, 2011

Members of Mexican Congress demand answers
UFCW Canada - May 27, 2011

Union busting allegations outlined at Mexico City media conference
UFCW Canada - May 18, 2011

Mexican Gov't Union Busting in BC, Charges Union
the Tyee - May 11, 2011

Charges allege Mexico consulate blacklisted migrant workers
UFCW Canada - May 10, 2011

Backgrounder media release, 10 May 2011

Mexico blocking labour activists: Canadian union
CBC News - May 10, 2011

Union accuses Mexican consulate of blacklisting farm workers
Metro Vancouver - May 10, 2011


Declaration of Victor Robles re: Blacklist

Charges filed against Mexico and Sidhu

Charges filed against Mexico and Floralia, 28 April 2011

Evidence re:  blacklist activity

Mexico's claim of immunity, 19 August 2011

Union's response to Mexico's claim of immunity, 6 September 2011

Vancouver – March 21, 2014 – The BC Labour Relations Board (BCLRB) has ruled that Mexican government and consular officials blacklisted Mexican seasonal migrant workers from returning to Canada who were suspected of being union sympathizers. The board also found that Mexico had altered documents in an attempt to cover up its union-busting activities. The evidence had been presented to the BC Labour Relations Board in 2012, by UFCW Canada Local 1518 – the union representing migrant workers at Sidhu & Sons Nursery Limited in the BC Lower Mainland.

Thursday's ruling by the BCLRB comes after three years of legal wrangling by Mexico to stall and quash the charges against it. "It has been a long battle, but finally the truth has won out," said Ivan Limpright, the president of UFCW Canada Local 1518, following Monday's ruling. "Every worker in Canada has the right to join a union, including migrant workers. Mexico's blacklisting and coercion violated Canadian laws and the rights of the workers involved."

The blacklisting charges had originally been brought to the board in 2011. Hearings and testimony commenced at the labour board in January 2012. The hearings were temporarily suspended after Mexico petitioned to the BC Supreme, on the grounds of sovereign immunity, to force the labour board to quash the evidence it had received – including leaked Mexico government documents, as well as testimony from former consular officials that corroborated the blacklisting activity. The BC Supreme Court ruled against Mexico's petition, and upheld the BCLRB's right to finally rule on the blacklisting evidence.

"Mexico reached across our borders to blacklist and break the human and labour rights of workers in our country," says Paul Meinema, the national president of UFCW Canada. "Mexican President Peña Nieto is well aware of what happened here, despite the denials of his bureaucrats and consular officials. The time for pretending is over. Now it is time to respect the laws of Canada."

UFCW Canada (United Food and Commercial Workers union) is Canada's leading and most progressive private-sector union, with more than 250,000 members across the country. For more than two decades, UFCW Canada has led a campaign for the labour and human rights of domestic and agriculture workers in Canada. In association with the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA), UFCW Canada also operates 10 agriculture worker support centres across the country, including three AWA centres in British Columbia.