Blacklisting allegations centre of community trial at Vancouver's Mexico consulate


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Mexico TV  documentary on the Blacklisting case (Spanish)


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

B.C. court asked to muzzle labour board on Mexican union busting
BIV Business Today - March 27, 2012

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

Labour Relations Board to examine alleged migrant workers' blacklisting
Vancouver Sun - 31 Jan 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

Migrant workers protest alleged union blacklisting
The Province - November 14, 2011

Mexican migrant workers picket consulate in Vancouver
Calgary Herald - November 14, 2011

Protesta contra Consulado Mexicano por crear listas negra
CNN EXPANSIÓN  - October 21, 2011

Labour sympathizers 'blacklisted'
Vancouver Sun - October 18, 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

Street theatre trial finds Mexico and its Vancouver consulate guilty of blacklisting migrant workers suspected of being union sympathizers

Vancouver, BC - May 23, 2012 — The courtroom was the doorstep of Vancouver's Mexico consulate, as dozens of AWA and UFCW Canada activists and community allies assembled midday Wednesday for a community trial and protest. While the street theatre event was peaceful, the charges themselves were very serious: that Mexico and its Vancouver consulate colluded with some B.C. agriculture operations to blacklist Mexican migrant workers suspected of being union sympathizers (for background go to

Acting as the community advocate for the workers was Raj Chouhan, the NDP MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds. "The Mexican Consulate of Vancouver has a practice of giving the workers 'workshops' when they arrive in Canada, telling them that if they complain about their working conditions, or speak to anybody other than their employers they will lose their jobs," Chouhan outlined to the community jury. The presentation was based on worker testimony presented earlier this spring to the BC Labour Relations Board (BCLRB).

The community jury also heard of other evidence brought to the BCLRB. It indicated blacklisting activity by Mexico and its Vancouver consulate of Mexican migrant workers suspected of being union sympathizers at two B.C. agriculture operations where workers voted to unionize with UFCW Canada Local 1518. The character acting as the defense lawyer for Mexico and its Vancouver consulate explained to the jury that, "my client’s concern is mostly to be in good terms with Canadians. My client just wants to make sure that Canada gets the workers they need, and that they are cheap and obedient."

The defense failed to move the jury. At the end of the trial, the community jury's proclamation found that, "the Mexican Consulate must be held accountable to stop the blacklisting of Mexican temporary workers and Mexican officials must be brought to justice."

The proclamation was then carried in and hand-delivered to the consulate office by Jim Sinclair, president of the British Columbia Federation of Labour, and Raúl Gatica and Gil Aguilar of the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA).

As for the outcome of the actual BCLRB hearings, Mexico has temporarily blocked proceedings at the labour board. During the BCLRB hearings earlier this spring, Mexico argued the allegations against it cannot be judged because of its claim of sovereign immunity. The BCLRB hearings into the blacklisting charges have been stayed, pending a ruling on the sovereignty issue by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

The B.C. Supreme Court will commence hearings on Mexico's claim of sovereign immunity on May 28.