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Title: Rights of foreign domestic workers - Emergence of transnational and transregional solidarity?
Authors: Piper, N. 
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Piper, N. (2005). Rights of foreign domestic workers - Emergence of transnational and transregional solidarity?. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 14 (1-2) : 97-119. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper explores the notion of an emerging transnational or transregional labor solidarity of foreign workers across the Southeast and East Asian region as well as Europe by investigating migration as an instrument of political transformation through the concept of transnationalism. The issue of solidarity is analyzed through the lens of non-governmental activism as represented by trade union and NGOs, two types of organizations with different strengths and weaknesses. The political organization of migrant is rendered difficult because of the nature of their jobs, organizational 'culture' or tradition, and political space for activism. Among migrant workers, the challenge is greatest for foreign domestic workers, who have been described as particularly "unorganizable." Reflecting the cross-border nature of l abor migration, political action to address abusive and discriminatory treatment is also becoming increasingly transnational. Thus far, transnational advocacy networks have been mainly intraregional with little or no engagement by trade unions. But some linkages have begun to be formed across regions, such as between Asia and Europe, and there are signs of trade unions getting more involved. In this sense, feminized migration from below has begun to contribute to 'democratization' from below.
Source Title: Asian and Pacific Migration Journal
ISSN: 01171968
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