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(Un)Maid in Greece: Repercussions of Precarious, Low-status Work on Family and Community Networks of Solidarity of Migrant Filipina Live-in Domestic Workers and Race Discrimination at Work

Race Discrimination and Management of Ethnic Diversity and Migration at Work

ISBN: 978-1-78714-594-8, eISBN: 978-1-78714-593-1

ISSN: 2051-2333

Publication date: 28 August 2019

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the case of migrant Filipina live-in domestic workers in Greece and how the frame of their work and employment in precarious, low-status/low-wage jobs and race discrimination at work, that is, the employers’ residences, affect their participation in secondary groups of solidarity and workers and their representation in them, that is, community, migrant labour associations and trade unions, during the economic crisis in Greece. According to the results of in-depth interviews Filipina migrants are entrapped in a frame of isolative and exploitative working conditions and racial discrimination at work, that is, personal services, care and domestic work. In this working context, most of the interviewed migrant Filipina live-in domestic workers appear to have developed individualistic perceptions, they act in an atomistic manner, form materialistic beliefs, are indifferent to collectivity and solidarity and are isolated from their compatriots and other workers. They have low self-perceptions and expectations for social advancement and deal with their social and labour-related problems individually, or completely resign from claiming them.

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Fouskas, T. (2019), "(Un)Maid in Greece: Repercussions of Precarious, Low-status Work on Family and Community Networks of Solidarity of Migrant Filipina Live-in Domestic Workers and Race Discrimination at Work", Race Discrimination and Management of Ethnic Diversity and Migration at Work (International Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 6), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 225-250. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2051-233320190000006011

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