Who caught your chicken today?
"They must still be out back catching the chicken" is a common cliché when waiting longer than usual for your food in a restaurant.
The food industry is wracked with the contradictions between the "socialized" nature of food production for a mass market on the one hand and private appropriation on the other. The result, such as in the poultry industry, is an unbelievable and surreal quota that impacts everything from the ethical handling of animals to the workers who handle them.
The conditions of workers who catch thousands of chickens per day in Quebec farms are a mystery to most. Even more shocking to some are that many of them are temporary foreign workers.
Members of the Temporary Foreign Workers Association (TFWA) and organizers from the Montreal Immigrant Worker's Center (IWC) will be shedding light on the daily experience the workers of this industry face. Workers will be describing their duties as chicken catchers and the steps they are taking to protect themselves and their co-workers from exploitation. The TFWA will also be addressing the inherent problems in Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers Program and what the TFWA is doing to address this in Quebec.