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Call for Evidence - London Hearing
Options FOR SUBMITTING your EVIDENCE:
1. Please submit your evidence as an email attachment to pptlondon@transnationalmigrantplatform.net by Friday October 5, 2018
2. Responses should take no more than one sheet of A4 paper in relation to each issue addressed.
3. The PPT is seeking evidence mainly from organisations – indicating systematic violations of human and labour rights that affect different sectors of workers. Of course this can be illustrated by individual cases.

Responses should take no more than one sheet of A4 paper in relation to each issue addressed (which should be clearly stated at the top).

2. Or FILL in the form below
Please read hereunder the issues and requirements

ISSUES RAISED in the INDICTMENT
We are seeking evidence from concerned organisations which addresses any aspect of the issues raised in the indictment, summarised as follows:
• Visa policies which severely restrict legal rights to enter and stay in the UK for work;
• Extortionate fees for issue and renewal of documentation;
• Employer sanctions and the requirement for proof of work rights;
• The ‘no recourse to public funds’ rule;
• Immigration rules and policy which treat domestic workers as the property of their employer;
• Denial/ restriction of work for asylum seekers;
• Refusal to grant any form of status to refused asylum seekers who cannot be removed;
• Detention for removal of homeless migrants including EEA migrants;
• Raids on workplaces;
• Criminalising unauthorised work and confiscation of wages;
• Inadequately resourcing the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority’s (GLAA) ability to enforce decent working conditions, and joint raids with immigration enforcement;
• Removal of legal aid for advice, assistance and representation in most immigration and all employment cases;
• Exemption of immigration removal centres from minimum wage legislation;
• The provision of no-choice, often squalid asylum accommodation to asylum seekers;
• The impossibly small weekly allowance provided to asylum seekers;
• The ‘right to rent’ laws requiring landlords to check immigration status before renting out accommodation;
• Rules and policy requiring NHS staff to check immigration status before providing treatment;
• Rules excluding most migrants from free NHS hospital care;
• Restrictive family unity rules for non-EAA (European Economic Area) migrants, resulting in long-term separation;
• Creation of a culture of suspicion against those who do not look or sound British;
• Exposure of children to particular hardship within the control system;
• Contracts for security corporations enabling them to profit from the surveillance, detention and control of migrants.

WHOM are we seeking responses from:
We particularly welcome first-hand testimony for migrants and refugees themselves, though we recognise that can be difficult. At the hearing, we will be listening to evidence about the treatment of migrants and refugees in: hotel and catering industry; health and social care; care and domestic work; rural and agrarian work; construction; seafares and oil-rig workers. But we will also have a strand on Employment and Destitution as well as work in detention.

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR EVIDENCE
We would be grateful for evidence structured around the following questions:
• How have you, or your members or clients etc been affected by the issue you are addressing?
• Please give specific examples.
• What remedies do you think are needed for this issue? To what extent were/ are these remedies available?
• What other important points would you like to raise in relation to this issue?

What we will do with the evidence
Your evidence will feature as public testimony on the issues raised in the indictment, and will be published on the Tribunal’s website. If you are an individual and wish your evidence to remain confidential to the Tribunal, and not to be published as a part of this record, please say so at the head of your submission. If you are submitting evidence from an organisation, we will assume that you will not provide names of persons affected, or details of specific cases in such a way that individuals can be identified, without their explicit consent. If you wish to anonymise the evidence please make this clear.

Thank you for considering this request for evidence. After reading all the written evidence, the convenors will be providing summaries to the Tribunal members, who will wish to call some witnesses to give oral testimony during the public hearing, which is scheduled for 3-4 November, 2018. If you do not want to be asked to give oral evidence, please make this clear in your response.

If you have any queries arising from this call for evidence please contact us at mailto:pptlondon@transnationalmigrantplatform.net

Name of the Organisation/Association/Network/Campaign/ Platform etc... who is submitting the evidence *
Your answer
Please provide telephone number for yourself or the person in your organisation who can be contacted about the evidence.
Your answer
Story/Evidence (maximum of 500 words)
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights emphasized, in its general comment No. 18 (2005), that the right to work “is essential for realizing other human rights and forms an inseparable and inherent part of human dignity”; it contributes to the individual’s survival and that of his or her family, and to an individual’s development and recognition in the community.

How does the “Hostile Environment” of the UK and EU on migration and labour migration policy facilitate:

1) Strengthening of the large power imbalance between migrant workers and employers and further marginalising migrants and making them more vulnerable to exploitation?

2) Forcing migrants and refugees to remain at the margins of society and often excluding them from the formal economy and to working within low- skilled and unregulated sectors of the labour market? These jobs are often dangerous and difficult. Workers have little or no protection of their labour rights and are subjected to exploitative conditions, including violence and torture with little recourse to remedies.

Please provide a summary of the evidence on the conditions of violations of rights in the case you want to submit to the PPT. Please give specific examples.
Your answer
What other important points would you like to raise in relation to this issue?
Your answer
Are you willing to put your testimony before the judges during the tribunal?
Your recommendation on strategies and alternatives
The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (art. 25) states that all migrant workers shall be treated on an equal footing with nationals regarding remuneration, overtime, hours, weekly rest, holidays with pay, safety, health, termination of employment, and “any other conditions of work which, according to national law and practice, are covered by [these terms]”.

Please give recommendations for the Tribunal on strategies and alternatives
towards achieving decent work conditions and equality of rights .

Where you able to acces remedy for the issue?
Your answer
What are your strategies (campaigns, organising, etc)? What alternatives are you proposing that you consider most important and useful towards achieving decent work conditions and equality of rights?
Your answer
What are your recommendations to the PPT which could support your struggles for your rights?
Your answer
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