In June this year, cleaners at SOAS who had joined UNISON and organised to win the London Living Wage suffered a brutal immigration raid, organised by the cleaning contractor ISS. The raid highlighted both the central role of migrant workers in the global economy and the vulnerability of the undocumented workers who have been working to build union organisation.
The Hands Off My Workmate conference & teach-in has been called by the three SOAS campus unions to address the issues surrounding migrant labour, attacks on their citizenship and right to organise and the ways in which all workers are affected.
Jean Lambert will be speaking at this public event, which will bring together campaigners, academics, trade unionists and students alongside migrant workers.
Time: 10-5.30pm, Saturday 17 October 2009
Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Other speakers will include:
Jeremy Dear – NUJ
Alex Gordon – RMT
Sasha Callaghan – UCU
Kevin Courtney – NUT
Neil Jameson – Strangers into Citizens
Keith Best – Immigration Advisory Service
Workshops will be taking place throughout the day, including:
- Bread and roses too: how migrant workers have always been central to unions
- Winning the living wage
- Busting the migration myths: challenging the racists
- Globalisation and profits: How do borders fit in
- Poverty, war, neoliberalism, migrant labour in the global economy (why people move)
- Stopping the raids: legal and union strategies to defend migrant workers
- The border in the workplace: restricting welfare and housing- who benefits
- Strangers and citizens
- The feminisation of migrant labour
- What will the recession mean for migrant workers?
- We won’t spy on students – education for all