High time now that our voices be heard!!!!
by Lance – Canadian Farm Worker
The Barbadian Canadian farm workers need someone to champion their cause because in my opinion we’re currently being ripped off by the Barbados government. The 28% deduction that our home-savings has to suffer at the conversion point first – before we’re ever paid a penny of it at the end of the season – is a brutal and bloodsucking act of government.
I’m also of the opinion that the 25% which is deducted from our gross earnings in Canada for home-saving is way too much! And then to be subjected to a further 28% deduction after it’s converted to the Barbados currency is just wrong man! This is corruption of the highest fashion. It means that our spending power is limited in Canada due to the 25% that’s deducted from our earnings, and then further handicapped after we return home by the additional 28% deduction that the 25% deduction for home-savings has to endure at the conversion point. How can we ever achieve a relatively decent living?
Our home-savings is all we have to sustain us for the 4 months we’re at home without employment. We can’t file for unemployment benefits or the reverse tax credit because they say we’re self-employed! A convenient technicality of government merely to leave us on our own hanging dry without any recourse, while they suck the last penny from us!
“We’re employed by Canadian farmers, we don’t work for ourselves: how can this constitute self-employment? We simply shouldn’t have to be subjected to this form of rape and exploitation by the Barbados government or anyone ever.”
I’m however sure that the Minister of Labour, along with the Barbados government, doesn’t have a clue of how hard we have to work on these farms in Canada for our money, having to cope with aggressive weather conditions and all. Ot’s just not easy! But they sit back in their nice air conditioned offices and virtually rape you of your hard-earned money. I think it’s high time now that our voices be heard!!!!
Further Reading at BFP
January 6, 2011: Bajan farm workers in Canada given runaround by Barbados government
November 24, 2010: Abused Barbadian farm workers cheated by Canadian Government program
Lance Global blog: The Barbadian seasonal Canadian farm worker’s dilemma