August 20 is Farmworker Day.
On August 20, 1999 the savage killing of a farmworker on the roadside ditch south of Taber, Alta., was the beginning of the long road to Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm & Ranch Workers Act.
It has taken 17 years,and a decade plus of consultations with Alberta’s agriculture industry to finally get this workforce included under Charter protection.
To Alberta’s farmworkers, men, women, children, paid or unpaid, we thank you for the bounty of your labour you provide us with.
To the Alberta government, thank you for respecting the rights of the men, women and children employed on Alberta’s farms, ranches and feedlots.
We also thank you for providing Alberta’s agriculture industry with the tools they will need to meet international market agriculture sustainability deadlines which are fast approaching.
To those vehemently opposed to Bill 6, you are opposing the Charter Rights of these workers. We may live and work in Alberta, but we are Canadians, Charter protection belongs to all of us.
August 20, 2016 is the 12th Annual Farmworker Day and it is also ‘Open Farm Days’ in Alberta.
Come on out and meet the ‘hands that feed you,’ come celebrate Farmworker Day down on the farm.
We encourage Albertans on this occasion to make a donation to your local food-bank as their shelves need stocking this time of year.
Happy Farmworker Day!
DARLENE A. DUNLOP,
FARMWORKERS UNION OF ALBERTA