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WORKSHOP N. 1: MIGRANT LABOR STRUGGLES AND MOBILITY REGIME

common-transnational-statementOrganized by No One is Illegal (Germany), Social Center Rog Migrant Community (Slovenia), Migrants’ Coordination (Italy) 

Saturday 22nd October, 10-13h, Bourse du Travail de Saint-Denis

The first TSS meeting in Poznan in 2015 has been a first opportunity to discuss the crucial role played by the European government of mobility in contemporary processes of precarization that affect not only migrants, but all workers. Government of mobility is exercised both on the border and inside the States, where we see the experimentations of new instruments to control the pace, direction and status of migrants movements more than to stop them. The government of mobility aims in fact at producing hierarchies and differences, starting from the one between ‘economic migrants’ and ‘asylum seekers’ down to the multiplication of legal statuses and the blackmail of the residence permit, which affects in different way the life of both migrants and precarious workers, internal and external migrants, long-dated and new comers, as asylum seekers and refugees. The huge movements of migrants towards and across Europe clearly points to the necessity of finding forms of struggle and of connections between migrants and precarious workers, far beyond solidarity and the simple assistance provided to the new comers. The question of how to organize migrant labor starting from the protagonism of migrants themselves is still on the table.

The experiment of transnational mobilization of March 1st 2016 took up this challenge and it was an attempt to recognize the political centrality of migrant labor in the overall process of precarization and the struggle against it. Starting from these outcomes and from an evaluation of previous mobilizations, the workshop aims at discussing concrete proposals to foster a regular process of transnational exchange and communication. New convergences between migrant and precarious workers are in fact being produced by a European process of informalization of labour obtained through the lowering of wages, the financialization and dismantlement of welfare and the regulation of labour mobility on the sole base of the needs of the capital. These dynamics are operating at the political and administrative level, sustained by institutional racism, and can be understood only with a transnational outlook. Building on the accumulated experiences and the shared analysis, this workshop aims at understanding and mapping the current transnational transformations, identifying lines of convergence and political priorities, and imagining new possibilities of connection among struggles thus triggering a political process of organization.

We therefore propose to focus on three main issues:

  1. European resident permit: concrete proposals on how to use it as a claim in the different situations where migrant struggles occur and as an instrument to organize migrants and refugees in the different positions in which they can fight against government of mobility and exploitation of migrant labor.
  2. The dismantlement of welfare and the general precarization of labor is affecting both external and internal migrants. How is it possible to link their struggles so that they can foster each other?
  3. Migrant struggles occur at the borders, in the welcome centers, in the suburbs, in the various labour sectors etc.: how to link these different struggles? Concrete mapping would help delineating differences and commonalities, knowing that a transnational coordination has to tackle the differences in statuses and also the different national/regional conditions that are weakening the collective power of migrants. Mapping should contribute to foster the transnational circulation of struggles and experiences of (self)organization. Meeting appointments and mutual visits among migrants working in sameor related sectors in different countries could also help in this direction.

Link to the summary of the last workshop on migrant labor in Poznan:

https://www.transnational-strike.info/2015/10/20/report-of-the-workshop-about-migrant-labor-the-government-of-mobility-and-the-transnational-strike/