Photos of two Guatemalan Migrant Workers at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Photos of two Guatemalan Migrant Workers at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

 

Pictures by Luigi Pastò from his ongoing documentary series “conditions of worth” were selected to be part of the exhibit Points of View, a national human rights photography exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights which opens on June 23. The selected pictures depict two migrant workers from Guatemala, Noé and Mario.

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© Luigi Pastò. All rights reserved.

Noé Arteaga is a former greenhouse worker for the tomato producer “Savoura,” a company that unjustly fired him. The Quebec Labour Relations Commission rendered a favorable decision in Noé Arteaga’s case. Unfortunately, the Canadian company declared bankruptcy and changed ownership, leaving Noé without monetary compensation.

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© Luigi Pastò. All rights reserved.

 

Mario worked in a chicken farm for the company Service Avicole JGL. His contract was terminated after speaking out about the mistreatment of workers in the industry, and he was sent back to Guatemala. His name was added to a blacklist of employees managed by FERME (Foundation for Entrepreneurs Recruiting Foreign Agricultural Workers) and the recruitment agencies in Guatemala known as ComuGuate and Amigo Laboral. As a result of his activism in support of human rights, he may never be able to return to Canada for work.


The cases of Noé and Mario are not isolated. In the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, mistreatment of workers is systemic and continues.

 
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