Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2022-05-16

Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism

Document type Book
Author Tomic, Patricia
Editor Barnetson, Bob
Author Preibisch, Kerry
Author Trumper, Ricardo
Author Hamm, Zane
Author Koshan, Jennifer
Author Turner, Kay Elizabeth
Editor McDonald, Shirley A.
Author Rolfe, Heidi
Author Bucklaschuk, Jill
Author Contractor, Delna
Author Kennett, Paul
Author Lau, C. F. Andrew
Author Hambly, Brynna
Author McIntyre, Robin C.
Author Medeiros, Nelson
Author Martinelli, J. Graham
Author Broadway, Michael J.
Author Dunlop, Darlene A.
Publisher University of Alberta Press; Edmonton, Alta.
Date 2016
ISBN 978-1-77212-138-4
Pages xxiv, 256 pages


Bill 6, the government of Alberta’s contentious farm workers’ safety legislation, sparked public debate as no other legislation has done in recent years. The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act provides a right to work safely and a compensation system for those killed or injured at work, similar to other provinces. In nine essays, contributors to Farm Workers in Western Canada place this legislation in context. They look at the origins, work conditions, and precarious lives of farm workers in terms of larger historical forces such as colonialism, land rights, and racism. They also examine how the rights and privileges of farm workers, including seasonal and temporary foreign workers, conflict with those of their employers, and reveal the barriers many face by being excluded from most statutory employment laws, sometimes in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. -- Publisher's description