Low-status Work Repercussions on Egyptians’ Collective Organisation


Low-status work repercussions on Egyptians’ collective organisation

Document Information:
Title: Low-status work repercussions on Egyptians’ collective organisation
Author(s): Theodoros Fouskas, (Department of Sociology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece)
Citation: Theodoros Fouskas, (2014) “Low-status work repercussions on Egyptians’ collective organisation”, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 34 Iss: 7/8, pp.418 – 437
Keywords: Greece, Decollectivisation, Egyptian workers, Immigrant work associations, Low-status servicesRepresentation
Article type: Research paper
DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-04-2013-0043 (Permanent URL)
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to focus on the repercussions of work and employment in low-status jobs upon the collective organisation and representation of Egyptian immigrant workers.

Design/methodology/approach – Focusing on results from 117 in-depth interviews, the qualitative research (2010-2013) and analysis examines the case of Egyptians in Athens, Greece and on how the frame of their work and their employment affects participation in the immigrant work association Union of Egyptian Workers in Greece/EL-RAPTA and in Greek trade unions as well.

Findings – Evidence from in-depth interviews proves that Egyptians are supported by friendly and relative relations in search for solidarity; they develop individualistic behaviours and find alternative solutions for survival and protection.

Practical implications – Through the research, what is analysed is how immigration has affected social welfare and collective forms of representation but also how the immigrants themselves view and act within the collective frameworks. The results are of great concern to immigration policymakers to facilitate integration, combat undeclared work and identify weaknesses in worker rights and organisations.

Originality/value – The research, the first in Greece specifically for Egyptians immigrant workers and their work association, contributes to the broader body of sociological literature on the study of labour migration and immigrant voluntary associations and it is original as it is based on primary research on the experiences of Egyptian immigrants.