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Brampton's Naujawan Support Network fights wage theft
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December 17, 2021
 

Hey Shift Workers,

Brampton's immigrant long-haul truckers show no sign of slowing down in their fight against wage theft with the Naujawan Support Network.

Many truckers have been misclassified as independent contractors and pressured into "self incorporating," a new Toronto Star investigation reveals. This means employers can save money by refusing to pay their workers for overtime, sick days, and severance - in addition to stealing wages.

Legal experts say this exploitation of truckers amounts to a 'billion dollar scam.'

Truckers have also received defamation lawsuits for speaking out, yet their movement continues to grow.

Labour reporter Sara Mojtehedzadeh spoke about the workers' struggle in a podcast interview here.

- Emily

 
 
 
 
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