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Fight back: Workplace Justice for Immigrants




Jill Hanley, Aziz Choudry, Steve Jordan, Eric Shragge, and Martha Stiegman


Displacement of people, migration, immigration and the demand for labour are connected to the fundamental restructuring of capitalism and to the reduction of working class power through legislation to free the market from “state interference.” The consequence is that a large number of immigrant and temporary foreign workers face relentless competition and little in the way of protection in the labour market. Globally and in Canada, immigrant workers are not passive in the face of these conditions: they survive and fight back. This book documents their struggles and analyses them within the context of neoliberal globalization and the international and national labour markets. Fight Back grew out of collaboration between a group of university-affiliated researchers who are active in different social movements and community organizations in partnership with the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal. The book shares with us the experiences of immigrant workers in a variety of workplaces. It is based on the underlying belief that the best kind of research that tells “how it really is” comes from the lived experience of people themselves.


* Chapter 1: Introduction

* Chapter 2: Context

* Chapter 3: Becoming an Immigrant Worker

* Chapter 4: Access to Social Rights

* Chapter 5: Seasonal Agricultural Workers

* Chapter 6: Live-In Caregiver Program

* Chapter 7: Survival and the Fight Back

* Bibliography

Place published



Fernwood Publishing


Examining immigration within an international context, this discussion explores the complex issues surrounding immigrant workers. Based on the collaboration between a group of university-affiliated researchers and community organizations, this detailed study explores the policies regarding immigrants and presents an account of an advocacy group constantly striving to improve their rights. Documenting actual experiences in a variety of workplaces, this is a valuable guide to fighting against injustice without jeopardizing the status of international employees.

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, and General relevance - all sectors

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

Public awareness, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

National relevance

Spheres of activity

Cultural and ethnic studies, History, Law, and Political science