Migrant Labour: Robert's Story Pt. 2

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  • It's unfortunate that I have to be away from my family at this time.
  • But, its for the best. I will work and send them the money they need.
  • This heat is terrible and I barely get a break to cool down.
  • Not to mention my allergies are flaring from something in that pesticide they make me use.
  • Mom has fallen ill again and I can't get see her because of this contract preventing me from leaving Canada.
  • I can't complain to my boss because I might lose his job and I won't be able to help her at all.
  • He is contracted under SAWP, to pick oranges for a food processing company in Ontario.
  • It's hard not seeing my family for so long but I need to provide for them; even though I'm paid so little.
  • While on the job, Robert faces poor work conditions with low wages and finds himself having to live in low standard housing provided by his employer.
  • Robert feels isolated from his family. His contract does not allow for him to leave Canada at will. Complaining may result in his losing a job and possibly forced to leave Canada.
  • Robert has to make a hard decision to stay working, just so he can be of help to his ailing mother.
  • Meanwhile...
  • The hard work of Robert, like the many other migrant work goes unrecognized in the grand scheme of meeting the demands of consumerism.
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