Eric Shragge

Concordia Univeristy

Eric Shragge is the Principal of the School of Commuity and Public Affairs at Concordia University. His research interests include community economic development, workfare, and social economy. His publications include Community Economic Development: Building for Social Change with Michael Taye, Cape Breton University Press, 2006; Action Communautaire: derieves and possibilities, Eco-Societe, 2006, Activism and Social Change: Lessons for Commuity and Local Organizing, Broadview Press, 2003.

  • Fight Back

    Work Place Justice for Immigrants

    By Aziz Choudry, Jill Hanley, Steve Jordan, Eric Shragge and Martha Stiegman     April 2009

    Displacement of people, migration, immigration and the demand for labour are connected to the fundamental restructuring of capitalism and to the reduction of working class power through legislation to free the market from “state interference.” The consequence is that a large number of immigrant and temporary foreign workers face relentless competition and little in the way of protection in the labour market. Globally and in Canada, immigrant workers are not passive in the face of these conditions: they survive and fight back. This book documents their struggles and analyses them within the context of neoliberal globalization and the international and national labour markets. Fight Back grew out of collaboration between a group of university-affiliated researchers who are active in different social movements and community organizations in partnership with the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal. The book shares with us the experiences of immigrant workers in a variety of workplaces. It is based on the underlying belief that the best kind of research that tells “how it really is” comes from the lived experience of people themselves.