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The unheard workforce: experiences of Latin American migrant women in clean...

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'The unheard workforce' presents labour rights violations experienced by Latin American migrant women employed in three key feminised sectors of London’s manual labour: cleaning, hospitality, and domestic work. Drawing on 326 cases of women supported at the Employment Rights Advice Service of the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS).

Key findings include:

  • Over half of Latin American migrant women presented contract related issues (62%), unlawful deduction of wages being the most common type of abuse, with 151 cases.

  • 2 in 5 (41%) women have experienced discrimination, harassment, or unreasonable treatment.

  • Health and safety issues were present in 25% of the cases, predominantly injury due to the nature of work and lack of authorisation/misinformation about sick leave.

  • Maternity rights, including discrimination on the grounds of maternity, represented 9% of the cases of abuse.

  • A total of 11 cases of severe exploitation or potential trafficking for labour exploitation.

Speakers include:

Latin American migrant women workers

Gisela Valle, Interim Director at LAWRS

Nahir de la Silva, co-author and Policy and Communications Coordinator on Employment Rights at LAWRS

Rosa Crawford, Policy Officer in the Trades Union Congress Rights, International, Social and Economics department at Trades Union Congress (TUC)

Corinna-Barbara Francis, Research Manager at Focus for Labour Exploitation (FLEX)


The panel discussion will be followed by 2 workshops on:

1) sexual harassment at work. Facilitator: Sian Elliott, Women’s Equality Policy Officer at Trades Union Congress (TUC)

2) Severe exploitation and trafficking for labour exploitation. Facilitator: Samantha Reyes Ronso, Shiva Foundation

3) Forms of organising. Facilitator: Carlos Cruz, Cleaners Branch, Unite The Union

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