Tortillas and Tomatoes: Transmigrant Mexican Harvesters in Canada - McGill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History (Paperback)
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Tortillas and Tomatoes: Transmigrant Mexican Harvesters in Canada - McGill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 05/05/2003
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Based on interviews with Leamington greenhouse growers and migrant Mexican workers, Tanya Basok offers a timely analysis of why the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program is needed. She argues that while Mexican workers do not necessarily constitute cheap labour for Canadian growers, they are vital for the survival of some agricultural sectors because they are always available for work, even on holidays and weekends, or when exhausted, sick, or injured. Basok exposes the mechanisms that make Mexican seasonal workers unfree and shows that the workers' virtual inability to refuse the employer's demand for their labour is related not only to economic need but to the rigid control exercised by the Mexican Ministry of Labour and Social Planning and Canadian growers over workers' participation in the Canadian guest worker program, as well as the paternalistic relationship between the Mexican harvesters and their Canadian employers.

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
ISBN: 9780773523876
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 306 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm

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