Event: Living on the margins: the fight for migrant worker rights in a precarious world

8 September 2017 - 2:00pm
Event

EVENT DATE: 17:30 -19:15, Monday 11 September 2017

LOCATION:  Room, 1b Brighton Centre, BrightonAll around the UK

WHAT: TUC Fringe Event [Part of the TUC] 

NB As this event is part of #TUC17, you will need a TUC pass to attend. 

Over the last 30 years, the rise of precarious work has coincided with an increase of migrant workers in the labour force. Migrants have often been blamed for the assault on working conditions brought about by precarious contracts, outsourcing and privatisation. In reality, migrant workers have suffered its worst consequences. With Brexit, the call to ‘control our borders’ risks being used to not only restrict freedom of movement but to undermine the rights of migrant workers. Trade unions have taken a lead role in ensuring migrant workers have their rights protected. With the Taylor review failing to mark a shift away from precarious work, how do we ensure that Brexit doesn’t trigger a race to the bottom that harms everyone?

Organised by War on Want, Migrants’ Rights Network, Institute of Employment Rights

Speakers:

  • Asad Rehman, Executive Director, War on Want  [Chair] 
  • Ronnie Draper, General Secretary, BFAWU  
  • Dr. Lydia Hayes,  University of Cardiff & Institute of Employment Rights 
  • Kamaljeet Jandhu, National Equality Officer, GMB
  • Fizza Qureshi,  Migrants’ Rights Network 
  • Owen Jones, Journalist, Guardian

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