This book offers a vast range of grassroots perspectives on global migrant labour organisation in the twenty-first century. From workers' organisations in South African migrant worker resistance in the Gulf, from forest workers in the Czech Republic to domestic workers' structures in Hong Kong, this book brings together a wealth of lived experiences and hidden struggles for the first time.
Highlighting the changing nature of frontline struggles against exploitation, Just Work? shows that migrant workers are finding new and innovative ways of resisting neoliberal immigration measures as they are forced to fight against the precarious nature of jobs from both within and outside of traditional forms of labour organisations. With contributions from scholars and activists from around the world engaged in this resistance, this will be an accessible collection based on grassroots experiences, placed in a political economy framework.
The full list of regions explored are: South Africa, Latin America, Philippines, the Gulf Arab States, North America, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Japan, London, Nigeria, New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland.
Aziz Choudry is associate professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University and visiting professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg. He serves on the board of the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal. He is the author of Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of contemporary Social Movements. Mondli Hlatshwayo is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg. Previously he worked for Khanya College, a Johannesburg-based NGO, as an educator and researcher. As an activist, he has been involved in a number of anti-xenophobia campaigns in South Africa.
Acknowledgements 1. Just Work? Migrant Workers, Capitalist Globaliszation and Resistance - Aziz Choudry and Mondli Hlatshwayo Part I: Africa and the Middle East 2. Xenophobia, Resilience, and Resistance of Immigrant Workers in South Africa: Collective and Individual Responses - Mondli Hlatshwayo 3. States of Exclusion: Migrant Work in the Gulf Arab States - Adam Hanieh 4. Undocumented Migrant Workers in Nigeria: Labouring in the Shadows of Regional Integration - Baba Ayelabola Part II: Europe 5. Migrant Rights Activism and the Tree Workers Case in the Czech Republic - Marek Canek 6. Towards a History of the Latin American Workers Association 2002-12 - Jake Lagnado 7. Lessons from Migrant Workers' Organisation and Mobilisation in Switzerland - Vasco Pedrina Part III: Asia and the Pacific 8. Migrant Unionism in Hong Kong: A Case Study of Experiences of Foreign Domestic Workers in Union Organising - Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants 9. The Possibilities and Limitations of Organising Immigrant Workers in Japan: The Case of the Local Union of the All-Japan Metal and Information Machinery Workers' Union - Hiroshi Ueki 10. Disaster Capitalism and Migrant Worker Organising in Aotearoa/New Zealand - Edward Miller and Dennis Maga Part IV: North America 11. Migrante, Abante: Building Filipino Migrant Worker Leadership through Participatory Action Research - Valerie Francisco 12. Temporary Employment Agency Workers in Montreal: Immigrant and Migrant Workers' Struggles in Canada - Aziz Choudry and Mostafa Henaway Contributor biographies Index