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Immigrant Workers: Learning to Labour in Canada: Rights and Organizing Strategies

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Jill Hanley, Steve Jordan, Eric Shragge, and Elizabeth Wood



Eric Shragge, (Project Leader) School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University
Jill Hanley, Ph.D. candidate, Ecole de Service Social, Université de Montréal
Steven Jordan, Faculty of Education, McGill University
Elizabeth Wood, Faculty of Education, McGill University
Research Partner: Immigrant Workers’ Centre, Tess Tessalona, Coordinator, Montreal
Videotape Collaboration: Malcolm Guy, Multi Monde, Montreal

Research Plan:

This research project will begin with the work experience of recent immigrants to Canada, and explore their learning strategies to secure social and labour rights in the workplace. The partner organization is the Immigrant Workers’ Centre (IWC) in Montreal. Located in a multi-cultural neighbourhood, this centre was founded in 2000 in order to work toward supporting immigrant workers in their struggles to gain social and union rights. The underlying belief of the centre is that effective education and organizing work can most effectively take place in the neighbourhood.

Responsible institution

Immigrant Workers’ Centre

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Economic sectors

Occupations in services - Domestic work, Other, and Occupations in manufacturing and utilities - general

Content types

Statistics on work and life conditions and Numbers of migrant workers

Target groups

Researchers and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

National relevance

Spheres of activity

Social work