Migration and Trade Unions – Migrant Labour Struggles and Challenges

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Join leading trade unionists, scholars and activists and participate in an exciting discussion organised by the Global Labour University!

About this event

While the free movement of goods and capital has been widely advocated by mainstream economists and politicians as a way to promote progress, there has been much less enthusiasm about allowing the free movement of people with full respect for their rights as workers. This has contributed to making migrant workers vulnerable. Trade unions have played a key part in protecting these workers, even in the face of deliberate attempts by capital to divide and rule. Unions have however not been immune to anti-migrant sentiments, have shown at times reluctance to organise migrant workers, or struggled with finding the most effective organising strategy.

The protection of migrant workers by trade unions are all the more important given globalisation trends under neoliberalism as well as the anti-immigrant policies of right-wing populists. It is important to create the space for an open engagement on the complex challenges facing migrants, trade unions and activists, as well as on the positive examples of responses to changing migration patterns, whether in the area of innovative forms of organising; or the development of transnational trade union networks.

The workshop will discuss the challenges posed by changing migration patterns, as well as explore union and civil society responses to these challenges. We hope to tease out lessons that can be shared broadly and identify areas of cooperation in order to support trade unions in representing migrant workers’ interests as part of strategies to build stronger and more inclusive organisations.

NOTE: In preparation for the event, please click here and scroll down to take a look at our selected articles and video, based on the topic of migration.

PROGRAM OUTLINE:

Note: All the plenary session will have a live interpretation into French, Spanish and Portuguese.

3 March 2021 14:00 - 15:30

Plenary Session: Situating migration in global labour transformations

Chair: Mark Anner, PennState / GLU

Neoliberal capitalism and migrants - Praveen Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University / GLU

Migrant organising as a pathway to union renewal: Experiences from east and southeast Asia - Michele Ford, The University of Sydney 

How trade unions fight for migrants - and what we can do better? - Chidi King, ITUC

4 March 2021 14:00 - 15:30

Plenary Session: Organizing migrant workers: Trade union initiatives and challenges

Chair: Clair Siobhan Ruppert, CUT / GLU

Protecting migrant workers in Tunisia: A trade union-led approach - Zoubeida Nakib, UGTT

Organising workers within the Germany-Philippines bilateral labour agreement on nurses - Herbert Beck, Ver.di and Jillian Roque, PSLINK

Organising migrant construction workers in Qatar - Ambet Yuson, BWI

5 March 2021 14:00 - 17:30

Plenary Session: Migrant self-organizing and civil society partnerships

Chair: Martina Sproll, Berlin School of Economics and Law / GLU

Beyond ‘integration’: Migrant self-organizing inside and outside traditional unions - Gabriella Alberti, Leeds University

El Ejido 20 years later: From xenophobic attacks to the construction of a migrant worker organization (Speaker TBA)

The role of immigrant workers on revitalizing the labor movement - Yanira Merino, LIUNA & LCLAA

Closing Session: What’s next? (45 minutes x 2 – format will be confirmed closer to the workshop)

Chair: Nicolas Pons-Vignon, SUPSI

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The Global Labour University (GLU) is a network of trade unions, universities, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the ILO (International Labour Organisation) to deliver high-level qualification programmes. The GLU is a new approach to increase the intellectual and strategic capacity of workers’ organisations and to establish stronger working relationships between trade unions, the ILO, and the scientific community.

For detailed program and information about the speakers, please click here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All the plenary sessions will be simultaneously translated to French, Portuguese and Spanish.

This event is free of charge


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