Robinson meets with burnt out farm workers

August 20, 2016
Contributed Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson is surrounded by Jamaican farm workers at Chary Produce Farm in Ontario, Canada.

Labour minister Shahine Robinson has met with a group of Jamaica farm workers who were victims of a fire that destroyed their personal belongings in Canada last month.

The meeting took place on Monday, some 18 days after the fire.

Robinson has promised that the Government will cover the cost of replacement passports for the 33 farmworkers affected by the fire, which took place at Chary Produce Farm in Canada on July 28.

Some 123 Jamaican workers are employed by Chary Produce Farm, which grows and supplies seasonal vegetables in Canada.

Following the fire, Justicia 4 Migrant Workers (J4MW), a volunteer-run political collective based in Toronto, launched a campaign to raise money for the fire victims.

The campaign, which is being run on GoFundMe, a crowd-funding website, has so far raised US$10,460 for the Jamaicans. The target is US$17,000.

"The funds raised will be used by the affected workers to rebuild their lives as they resettle and recover from the damage done by the fire. The money will be distributed equitably among the affected workers," J4MW said.

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