Jill Hanley

McGill University

Jill Hanley comes to McGill after having studied in Montreal, Boston and Brussels, having benefited from an interdisciplinary education. Her research today focuses on community organizing and social policy as they intersect with people’s immigration status, and she is pleased to be involved in several research teams around this broad topic. She remains active in Montreal-based community organizations, particularly the Immigrant Workers’ Centre. Jill is interested in working with students who are interested in bridging the community-university divide.

  • 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.

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