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Together? On the not-so-easy relationship between Italian labour organisations and migrant domestic workers’ groups

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  • Sabrina Marchetti

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This paper explores the relationship between migrant leaders and labour rights activists starting with the acknowledgment that this is often a source of frustration for all subjects involved. The collaboration between organisations of migrants and those of workers is not always smooth and truly collaborative, yet foreign workers have an increasing importance in the negotiation of better labour rights in Europe. The topic is discussed by taking the case of migrant domestic labour in Italy and the experience of Italian and Filipino organisation leaders who campaign for better rights in this sector. The discussion will be developed by bringing together the perspectives of three key actors in the field: trade unions, Christian labour organisations, and Filipino women's groups. Through the analysis of indepth interviews with women representatives of these organisations, impediments in the collaborations among them will be discussed, including difficulties in identifying an egalitarian method for pursuing common goals together, lack of 'trust' in the good-will of labour organisations from the side of migrants, and finally, the limits of what will be called 'bridge-persons', i.e. trade unionists with migrant backgrounds who are expected to facilitate the connection between the two groups.

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  • Sabrina Marchetti, 2012. "Together? On the not-so-easy relationship between Italian labour organisations and migrant domestic workers’ groups," ICDD Working Papers 3, University of Kassel, Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Social Sciences), Internatioanl Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD).
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    1. Wendy Pojmann, 2007. "Organizing women migrants: The Filipino and Cape Verdean women’s associations in Rome," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 4(1), pages 29-39, April.
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