Low-status work consequences on immigrant workers’ organization: the cases of five immigrant groups in Athens

International Review of Sociology: Revue Internationale de Sociologie

Volume 23Issue 3, 2013

Low-status work consequences on immigrant workers' organization: the cases of five immigrant groups in Athens

Low-status work consequences on immigrant workers’ organization: the cases of five immigrant groups in Athens

DOI: 10.1080/03906701.2013.856155

Theodoros Fouskasa*
pages 671-698
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Received: 10 Oct 2012
Accepted: 1 Mar 2013
Published online: 28 Nov 2013

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Abstract

The article centres on the repercussions low-prestige work has on the collective organization and representation of immigrant workers. This micro-sociological analysis focuses on the cases of Egyptian, Albanian, Bangladeshi, Palestinian, and Philippine immigrants in Athens and how the frame of their work and their employment affects their participation in their immigrant work associations. Evidence from in-depth interviews proves that the majority of immigrants do not claim established workers’ rights and do not seek membership in any unions. On the contrary, they rely on a network of friends and relatives for support and develop individual behaviours and alternative solutions to achieve survival and protection.

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