Migrant Labour: Robert's Story Pt. 2
By raheemmck, Updated
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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.
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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