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My report from Friday’s demonstration in which legal aid lawyers, withdrawing their labour from the first time on criminal cases, demonstrated against the cuts proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Please note that Gary McKinnon’s mother is Janis Sharp, not Janice McKinnon (as captioned).
Mexico City, Mexico – 13 April 2005
1. Mid shot members of non-profit organisations at news conference
2. Cutaway media
3. Wide shot news conference
4. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Manuel Camero Torres, migrant worker:
“No call to eradicate the problems of the Mexican workers in the USA will be credible unless the Mexican and the USA governments establish real and tangible mechanisms to help with the legal problems that the Mexicans confront when they go to work in the USA. The abuses are countless. I have seen many Mexicans absolutely unprotected.”
5. Mid shot news conference
6. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Erik Quesnel Galvan, director of the Authentic Workers Front of Mexico:
“The programme by which our friend (referring to Manuel Camero Torres) was hired to work in the USA, the H2B, is the model that president Bush is proposing for the workers that go to the United States. It is the model for the migratory accord, and we see that what is being proposed is a model of non-respect to the workers rights. This affects us as Mexicans, to our workers, but it also lowers the quality of living conditions of the United States and Canadian workers and that of the workers of the whole world.”
File – California, US – 2004
7. Mid shot of worker driving a truck
8. Mid shot of workers on a field
9. Cutaway tyres of truck
10. Mid shot of Mexican workers on a cauliflower field
11. More of the same
12. Close-up of Mexican worker
13. Close-up of woman
14. Wide shot of agricultural machinery
15. Mid shot of family of migrant workers
More than a dozen legal Mexican and Central American migrant workers recruited by US companies filed a complaint on Wednesday alleging they were abused and denied legal services guaranteed by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The complaint, filed with Mexican government officials under the companion labour agreement to NAFTA, maintains that 16 non-agricultural migrant workers from Mexico, Guatemala and Panama suffered labour abuses in the United States but had no way to file an administrative complaint or to access the courts.
Lodged with the help of eight US and Mexican labour and migrant organisations, the complaint asks the Mexican government to request that the United States provide better enforcement of its own labour laws.
Backers of the petition say labour enforcement issues for legal migrants in the United States are taking on increasing importance now that US President George W Bush is proposing a temporary worker programme for Mexican migrants.
One of the Mexican migrants, Manuel Camero, said he spent 2,000 US dollars on transport, overcrowded housing and protective equipment for a job with an Idaho reforestation company then never received a pay check.
The company even attempted to charge workers for their Social Security cards, claims Camero, who said he fled the job with other workers after they were threatened by the business owner.
The migrants filing the complaint lacked the money to hire their own legal counsel and they weren’t entitled to be represented by public legal aid offices in the United States because they are non-agricultural workers, explained Michael Dale, an attorney with the Northwest Workers’ Justice Project in Portland, Oregon, one of the groups helping the migrants.
Legal Services Corp., the private, non-profit corporation established by the US Congress to ensure legal assistance to poor Americans, provides aid to migrant farm workers but not most aliens who hold non-agricultural jobs.
Groups supporting the unusual new complaint say it would behove Mexico to focus on the treatment of legal migrants, citing lax US labour law enforcement dating back to World War II-era guest-worker programmes.
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