Amanda Walters

Fellow’s Profile

Amanda Walters

Fellow’s Profile

Amanda Walters

How to build a powerful movement of low-wage migrant workers

Fellowship

Focus

Organising migrant communities to support worker rights's through participation

Fellowship year

2018

Locality

Yorkshire and The Humber

Biography

I am the Director of the Centre for Progressive Change, an organisation aimed at building national organising campaigns. The main topic of my Fellowship was how to build a powerful movement of low-wage migrant workers. I was interested in this topic because I have been organising and campaigning for the rights of migrant cleaners since 2014. As a Latinx migrant myself, I care about this issue. Many migrants come to the UK looking for a better life and end up in low-paid work with terrible working conditions. For my Fellowship, I looked to learn from organisations in the USA and Brazil about how we can build a powerful movement of low-paid migrant workers so that together we can improve the working conditions of these key workers in the UK. Since my Fellowship, I have taken what I learnt and have built my own organisation looking at how we can build effective national organising campaigns. The first campaign is called Cleaners United, where we bring together trade unions and community organisations to campaign to improve the working conditions of cleaners nationally.

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Disclaimer

All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.