SOSC 1520 March 7 Tut:
“How has the Canadian textile industry adapted to the signing of NAFTA and economic
“How did working conditions change”
Main changes in Canadian garment industry:
Whats the logic behind pattern of unemployment?
--> You can make them work longer hours with little to no break
These immigrant-women are dependent on the male to both provide and sponsor them coming
into the country
What was another important change?
** --> SUB-CONTRACTING **
-This is far easier in the textile industry, if someone has a sewing machine at home, you don't
need to bring people in.
-You don't need to pay them a wage, you just sub-contract them on each piece of textile
-You don't need to provide the same benefits to workers
--> So this is a good way to reduce benefits
-Homeworkers will be pay less than minimum wage
-no unemployment insurance
-no provision overtime
-no vacation time
-Much harder for workers to organize when you sub-contract to people working at home