Are you a Filipino youth working at a food plant or factory, coffee shop, grocery store, or in other food services and food production in the Greater Toronto Area? How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
The food industry and its workers are one of the main industries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Food service workers are the backbone of society. Yet, they continue to work under the constant risk of infection due to close contact with customers, colleagues and an overall inadequate work environment. Among Filipino youth in Canada, many work in the food service such as Tim Hortons and Starbucks, in food retail like No Frills and Metro and in food production. Despite being essential workers, food service and production workers continue to be undervalued by the government and their employers and are placed in precarious conditions with low wages, long hours and no hazard pay.
Anakbayan Toronto’s “Know Your Rice, Know Your Rights” Campaign aims to address the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Filipino youth workers in the food services and food production.