Immigrants with low English language skills are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, discrimination, and unfair treatment in the workplace. Chinese-speaking immigrants, especially women, can work for years with a company only to discover that they have been paid below the minimum wage, denied benefits, or terminated without cause. CCCSA promotes employment equity for these individuals by working in partnership with the Workers’ Resource Center to provide support in resolving workplace conflicts, understanding Alberta Labour Laws, obtaining employment insurance and meeting other critical needs associated with employment rights and benefits. The Clinic works with individuals on an ongoing long-term basis until their employment issues are satisfactorily resolved.
Participant Criteria for the Workers Clinic
- Chinese-speaking immigrants
- Need help to file an Employment Insurance application
- Have experienced exploitation and discrimination in the workplace
- Lack knowledge of Alberta Labour Laws and Human Rights
- Lack the confidence and language skills to advocate for themselves
- Require connection to employment resources to re-enter the labour market
Starting from 2006, CCCSA has been initiating a partnership with the Workers’ Resources Center to provide workers clinic and seminars to the Chinese immigrant population who have a language barrier in accessing the service in the mainstream .
Worker’s clinic provides the following services:
– Filing Employment Insurance (EI) and completing EI report
– File Employment Standard complaints
– Provide information on Worker’s compensation
– Inviting guess speakers to hold regular seminars and workshop to provide information on workers’ right.
CCCSA’s Workers Clinic takes place every two weeks. Appointment Required. For inquiry, please call (403) 265-8446 for more information.