By Margarita Permonaite, Fife Migrants Forum
Coalition secures commitment from London Mayoral candidates to prioritise tackling modern slavery, as identification numbers drop in the capital for the first time in eight years despite increased risk of exploitation.
Today, FLEX launches Assessment of the Risks of Human Traffi
By Iryna Petkevica, Fife Migrants Forum
Today, to mark International Women’s Day, FLEX launches a publication detailing our experience of doing feminist participatory action research with women and young migrant workers in sectors that are high-risk for labour exploitation.
The joint investigation report on the first ever police super-complaint was published last month giving an insight into how information about migrant victims and witnesses of crime is reported to immigration authorities following an interaction with the police, and its consequences for victims’ outcomes and trust in law enforcement. Here, we outline some of the learnings and recommendations from the findings that seek to improve law enforcement’s engagement with migrants. These are helpful when looking to improve police (and wider enforcement) engagement with migrants who have experienced labour exploitation.
FLEX publishes a new working paper on the experiences of cleaners in the UK. “If I Could Change Anything About My Work...” Participatory Research With Cleaners In The UK is the first in a series of working papers on the experiences and drivers of labour abuse and exploitation in three understudied low-paid sectors of the economy: cleaning, hospitality and the app-based courier sector. It highlights key workplace issues in the cleaning sector and the risk and resilience factors that impact cleaners’ vulnerability to – and ability to push back against – violations of their employment rights.
This International Migrants Day, FLEX is highlighting issues faced by workers in the app-based courier sector. App-based couriers – a high proportion of whom are migrants – have been at the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, delivering food and parcels to allow others to keep safe and the economy to keep going. Yet, because they are classed as self-employed, app-based couriers are themselves left unprotected against the economic and health risks they are protecting the rest of us from.
If I could change anything about my job, it would be the contribution to social security, to have the right to sick pay that covers the basic expenses at least.
Carla, Colombian cleaner*
Together with the Scottish Government and JustRight Scotland, Fife Migrants Forum (FMF) and Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) have published new guidance for seasonal migrants workers coming to Scotland to work in the so
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