Responsibility to Prevent
Immigration status-related labour exploitation
Immigration status-related Race discrimination
EDUCATE AND INFORM MIGRANTS
We educate and inform our communities in a safe community environment about our employment/ immigration/ and human rights in our own language to identify the signs of labour exploitation and challenges abusive practices where we work.
18th February 2021, Votre droit de connaitre- Session all in French
17th February 2021- LEX - Lived Experience
We have a long history of migrant and refugee leaders leading positive change in the UK. Today, there are many of us leading/supporting services, campaigns and much more for our communities. Let's connect and uplift our collective work. Join us for a relaxed cup of tea in an informal gathering - a LEx- led community space for us to come together, connect, and share. (LEX)
Community Connections: Elevating our Leadership, Voice, and Unique Expertise. For more information about the Lived Experience community. Join the Lived Experience leaders community
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23 January- 3rd February - 13 February, No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF), Building Resilience
4th February 2021
EDUCATE AND INFORM EMPLOYERS
Upskilling employers to prevent labour exploitation
18th February 2021
EDUCATE AND INFORM FRONTLINE MIGRANT SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS
16 February 2021
International migrants' day:
Immigration status discrimination:
The future our labour rights post Brexit: The UK's responsibility for labour exploiation
Many employers do not understand immigration status documents. Faced with fines for getting it wrong, they are afraid to employ refugees and other non-EU migrants. Brexit will only exacerbate the situation, as it will no longer be clear to employers which EU migrants have the right to work in the UK. This creates a climate in which migrants in the labour market can face discrimination, exploitation and even unlawful detention.
Date: 18th December 2020
11:00 to 12:30 - Speakers:
- Employer concerns over the recruitment of migrants - survey results presented by Sinead Ouillon of Coventry University
- Challenges for migrants and frontline support organisations - by Bonnie, Programme Manager of Ignite Integration Programme Job Shop, Coventry City Council
- Legal advice for migrants: The gap - by Jennifer Mirdamadi, Specialist Adviser Citizens Advice Liverpool
- Experts by Experience - Two migrant victims of flawed right to work checks speak out
- What happens to survivors after exploitation? - by Maya Esslemont, Founder and Director , After Exploitation
- EU citizens and Brexit - by Chris Benn of Seraphus
- The Responsibility to prevent (R2Pr) campaign - briefing by Migrants at Work Founder, Aké Achi
12:30 to 13:00 - Q&A
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Sinead Ouillon, Coventry University, CTPSRFounder Fab Lab Coventry.
Presentation: What our employers think
The Impact of Covid-19 on POC & Migrant Frontline Workers
The physical, mental and emotional impact of Covid-19 on people of colour and migrant front-line workers.
About this Event
Join Nadia Whittome MP and our other esteemed speakers to discuss how communities of colour have coped during this pandemic.
Date and Time
Thu, 17 Dec 2020, 15:00 GMT
The Covid-19 crisis in the UK has demonstrated the importance of workers from the low-waged sectors, in particular, social care, healthcare settings, and those on the front-line in construction or security industries. We are now finally appreciating those long standing workers who have been on the front-line for decades caring for those in need, providing essential services, and keeping the UK economy alive.
Many of these front-line workers are from a migrant, EU citizen or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background (BAME), who may lack awareness of their worker and welfare rights and entitlements, and may be continuing work, or having to return to work to avoid destitution, or due to their immigration conditions. The added factor of immigration conditions or precarious immigration status including lack of status presents a greater vulnerability and an increased likelihood of being taken advantage of by unscrupulous employers, especially where they do not have recourse to public funds. Unfortunately, it is also these workers, who are at greater risk of being infected and suffering with severe symptoms of Covid-19 because of their BAME and socio-economic backgrounds.
And now, with an easing of lockdown measures, and a real lack of clarity on who can and should go back to work (bar those specifically mentioned in the Prime Minister's speech), "We now need to stress that anyone who can't work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work." there is a risk that some migrant workers and those from a BAME background will be forced to return to work without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), risk assessments and proper shielding being carried out, which could in turn intensify the number of people infected by COVID-19 from these groups. This is in spite of the furlough scheme being extended, although we are aware that this does not, and will not protect all vulnerable workers.
Chaired by: Danielle Manson, Garden Court Chambers - Danielle has a wealth of experience across the general crime spectrum, having represented defendants charged with serious violence, the supply and production of drugs and firearms offences and has already undertaken work beyond her call. She is an advocate who can be relied upon completely and always delivers in an outstanding and detailed way.
Front-line worker with lived experience
Nadia Whittome MP - Nadia Edith Whittome is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Nottingham East since the 2019 general election.
Rogelio Braga - Project Manager of Kanlungan Filipino Consortium and the Co-Chair of Status Now Network, a coalition of almost a hundred organisations calling for the regularisation of all undocumented migrants and those in the legal process living in the UK. They is an exiled human rights activist and writer from the Philippines.
Ake Achi - Aké is a former child labourer. He has worked as a trade union regional organiser in the UK for a number of years. He is currently the Deputy General Secretary of the National Trade Union of the Security Officers of Cote d'Ivoire. Aké holds a BSc in International Relations and French and a Master's degree in international human rights law. He is training to become an employment and immigration lawyer. He set up Migrants At Work Ltd because he realised that migrant and British workers from BAME backgrounds are not getting the support they need in the labour market as workers because they are being organised as migrant or BAME workers, instead of workers. As a result, these groups of workers are exploited by employers and excluded by Unions. In particular, those who are subject to immigration control are receiving no representation at work because of their immigration statuses.
Dr Alexandra Bulat - Alexandra is a migration researcher and an EU migrants' rights campaigner. She has a PhD in Migration Studies from University College London and has worked in a variety of academic and non-academic projects on migrants' rights, particularly with Romanian migrants. Currently, Alexandra co-chairs the Young Europeans Network at the3million, a group of young migrants campaigning on access to citizenship, political rights and other issues relevant to EU citizens in the UK. She also works as an OISC Level 1 (EUSS) immigration adviser for UK Butterflies and coordinates a project in collaboration with Polish Migrants Organise for Change (POMOC) focussing on outreach in Polish, Romanian and Roma communities in London. Alexandra regularly comments on immigration policy in the British and international media and is very active on Twitter @alexandrabulat.
Our contribution to this event organised by JCWI
Work It Out - protecting migrant workers' rights
A spotlight has been shone on the workers who keep this country going, like never before. Millions of carers, nurses, doctors, supermarket workers, delivery drivers and more are on the frontlines of this crisis. British and migrant workers, shoulder to shoulder.
People have come from all over the world to make this their home. They deserve the right to work and live safely. They deserve to be seen as so much more than a visa, a passport or a number. And they deserve more than the hostile rhetoric and short-sighted policies that have robbed them of the safety and security we all need.
We can and must take action to better serve the people to whom we owe so much. To find out what needs to change and how, join us for the launch of our new campaign, Work It Out.
Download the Work It Out manifesto
Work It Out campaign launch
Friday 11 December, 5 - 6.30pm
We are delighted to be joined by these incredible speakers:
Chair: Nadia Whittome MP
Nadia Whittome became Member of Parliament for Nottingham East at the 2019 general election. Prior to her election she worked as a hate crime project worker and as a carer, a role she continued part time when covid-19 struck. In April she spoke out publicly about the lack of PPE available for care home workers, and was fired from her care work role for doing so. In Parliament she has campaigned for migrants' and workers' rights as well as for a Green New Deal.
Lucila Granada, CEO, Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX)
CEO of FLEX since July 2019, Lucila Granada was formerly director of the Latin American Women's Rights Service (LAWRS) which is a frontline feminist organisation run by and for Latin American women working with 5,000 women each year to provide them with support services and achieve advocacy aims. Prior to this, Lucila founded and led CLAUK, a campaign coalition of Latin American organisations campaigning for ethnic recognition and improved access to health and labour rights. Lucila was Chair of the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group and a trustee at FLEX. She also holds a PhD on migration, language and ethnic identity from Aston University.
Aké Achi, Founder and Director, Migrants at Work
Aké is a former child labourer. He has worked as a trade union regional organiser in the UK for a number of years. He is currently the Deputy General Secretary of the National Trade Union of the Security Officers of Cote d'Ivoire. Aké holds a BSc in International Relations and French and a Master's degree in international human rights law. He is training to become an employment and immigration lawyer. He set up Migrants At Work Ltd because he realised that migrant and British workers from BAME backgrounds are not getting the support they need in the labour market as workers because they are being organised as migrant or BAME workers, instead of workers.
Wilson Ayala, Chair of the Cleaners and Facilities Branch, Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB). Translation by Laura Barroso, IWGB
Wilson Ayala, chair of the cleaners and facilities branch. Wilson has overseen many successful campaigns at the cleaners and facilities branch and has been supporting hundreds of workers through the pandemic helping many be furloughed when employers have tried to cynically cut jobs and save money.
The event will be hosted and introduced by Satbir Singh, Chief Executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.
Organised by Educating beyond borders
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