Off the hour / Apr. 11, 5-6pm / Violence against women in India

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On today’s show, we turn our attention to India, where federal elections got underway this week, and continue until May 16th. It is being called the world’s biggest election. On March 18th, Jean Chapman gave a lecture on «Violence against women in contemporary India» at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. CKUT’s June Jang sat down with Chapman to discuss the origin of violence against Indian women in public and private spheres, and we’ll bring you that interview today.

One month ago today, on March 11, 2014, the Labour Code was amended to assure the freedom of association for all agricultural workers, including those who worked on small farms, thereby recognizing their right to unionize. However, Canada’s current temporary foreign worker program, as well as Quebec’s farm recuitment agency, FERME, may still be holding about 340,000 immigrant workers to different standards from their Quebecois counterparts. Tiffany Lam interviewed Jill Henley from the Immigrant Workers Center and Marie-Jeanne Vandoorne from United Food and Commercial Workers Canada for more information.

We also bring you the latest labour news from Mcgill. Recently, The Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill, or AGSEM, launched a campaign to unionize teaching support staff on campus, including graders, tutors, and course assistants. The news collective’s Tyler Lawson and Queen Arsem O’Malley spoke with members of the union to get the full picture.

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