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'I'll do it step by step': care, cover and quiet campaigning

McGuire D & Lozada M (2017) 'I'll do it step by step': care, cover and quiet campaigning, Work, Employment and Society, 31 (1), pp. 175-184.

This article explores a frontline account of care work and trade union organizing from the perspective of Maria Lozada, a care support worker and Filipino trade union organizer. Her testimony offers insight into life as a worker and organizer in the UK and highlights how migrants from outside the EU reflect upon immigration restriction and what it means for the quality of their employment relations and abilities to organize. The political and economic policy context within which the narrative is set is a move away from a demand-led UK immigration regime to further restriction for low-skilled work and immigration. Maria speaks about her role from a position of shelter, cover and anonymity, but is candid in her assessment of employers, policy changes and policymakers.

care; migration; organizing; politics

AuthorsMcGuire Darren, Lozada Maria
Publication date02/2017
Publication date online15/07/2016
Date accepted by journal31/05/2016
ISSN 0950-0170

Work, Employment and Society: Volume 31, Issue 1

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