Just Work?

Just Work? : Migrant Workers' Struggles Today

3.66 (3 ratings by Goodreads)
Edited by  , Edited by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?


This book offers a vast range of grassroots perspectives on global migrant labour organisation in the twenty-first century. From workers' organisations in South African migrant worker resistance in the Gulf, from forest workers in the Czech Republic to domestic workers' structures in Hong Kong, this book brings together a wealth of lived experiences and hidden struggles for the first time.Highlighting the changing nature of frontline struggles against exploitation, Just Work? shows that migrant workers are finding new and innovative ways of resisting neoliberal immigration measures as they are forced to fight against the precarious nature of jobs from both within and outside of traditional forms of labour organisations. With contributions from scholars and activists from around the world engaged in this resistance, this will be an accessible collection based on grassroots experiences, placed in a political economy framework. The full list of regions explored are: South Africa, Latin America, Philippines, the Gulf Arab States, North America, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Japan, London, Nigeria, New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745335837
  • 9780745335834
  • 1,787,754

About Aziz Choudry

Aziz Choudry is associate professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University and visiting professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg. He serves on the board of the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal. He is the author of Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of contemporary Social Movements. Mondli Hlatshwayo is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg. Previously he worked for Khanya College, a Johannesburg-based NGO, as an educator and researcher. As an activist, he has been involved in a number of anti-xenophobia campaigns in South Africa.
show more

Review quote

'A fascinating read and a welcome antidote to migration scholarship that continues to disproportionately obsess over the West' -- LSE Review of Books 'This collaboration with some of the most creative like-minded thinkers from across the globe is extremely important. As labour migrancy and xenophobia are both amplified during the current stage of capitalist crisis, leaving so many more people vulnerable to super-exploitation, this book is badly needed.' -- Patrick Bond, professor of political economy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 'The combination of academic scholarship and activist authorship in the book provides unique insights, and gives those who are often nameless and voiceless an identity and voice' -- Linda Cooper, Associate Professor, Adult Education, School of Education,University of Cape Town

'Timely and provocative ... a smart and original contribution ... [a] unique combination of theory and illustrative case studies' -- Samia Botmeh, Assistant Professor in Economics, Birzeit University, Palestine 'A distinctive and original collection' -- Mark Thomas, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, York University
show more

Table of contents


1. Just Work? Migrant Workers, Capitalist Globaliszation and Resistance - Aziz Choudry and Mondli Hlatshwayo

Part I: Africa and the Middle East

2. Xenophobia, Resilience, and Resistance of Immigrant Workers in South Africa: Collective and Individual Responses - Mondli Hlatshwayo

3. States of Exclusion: Migrant Work in the Gulf Arab States - Adam Hanieh

4. Undocumented Migrant Workers in Nigeria: Labouring in the Shadows of Regional Integration - Baba Ayelabola

Part II: Europe

5. Migrant Rights Activism and the Tree Workers Case in the Czech Republic - Marek Canek

6. Towards a History of the Latin American Workers Association 2002-12 - Jake Lagnado

7. Lessons from Migrant Workers' Organisation and Mobilisation in Switzerland - Vasco Pedrina

Part III: Asia and the Pacific

8. Migrant Unionism in Hong Kong: A Case Study of Experiences of Foreign Domestic Workers in Union Organising - Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants

9. The Possibilities and Limitations of Organising Immigrant Workers in Japan: The Case of the Local Union of the All-Japan Metal and Information Machinery Workers' Union - Hiroshi Ueki

10. Disaster Capitalism and Migrant Worker Organising in Aotearoa/New Zealand - Edward Miller and Dennis Maga

Part IV: North America

11. Migrante, Abante: Building Filipino Migrant Worker Leadership through Participatory Action Research - Valerie Francisco

12. Temporary Employment Agency Workers in Montreal: Immigrant and Migrant Workers' Struggles in Canada - Aziz Choudry and Mostafa Henaway

Contributor biographies

show more

Rating details

3 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 33% (1)
4 33% (1)
3 0% (0)
2 33% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X