Immigrant workers suffer harder after layoffs: ReportAge, race biggest barriers to overcoming unemployment, precarious workBy Amanda Silliker07/24/2013|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/24/2013 In June 2008, 2,400 workers at Progressive Moulded Products (PMP) in Vaughan, Ont., were laid off after the company went bankrupt. Ninety-seven per cent of the workforce were immigrants. Five years later, these workers are facing unemployment and precarious work, and struggle with the challenge of "being immigrants all over again," according to a report by Ryerson University’s Centre for Labour Management Relations in Toronto, in collaboration with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union. "After more than half a lifetime of working in Canada, these workers find themselves faring worse than when they first arrived," said Winnie Ng, CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson and lead author of the study. "The economic crisis has ‘unsettled’ these long-term immigrant workers in a highly competitive labour market." To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.