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(en) [Pga_europe_resistance] Occupation of the IOM

From watkins <p.watkins@tchitchi.org>
Date Fri, 6 Dec 2002 11:18:23 -0500 (EST)


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Dear friends,
Sorry we couldn't send this text from within the IOM but they had cut off
the phone lines. The Sans-papiers decided to evacuate the IOM building in
Bastilles (Paris) towards 8:00pm in order to avoid imminent confrontation
with the police forces. They have voted to organize another action in two
weeks time to continue the pressure. Below you will find the press release
we wanted to send out yesterday.

Patrick for Droits Devant!!

The Ğ sans-papiers ğ (undocumented) occupy the International Organization
for Migration (IOM).

Since 1:30  pm, more than 200 sans-papiers and support groups are occupying
the International Employment Office of the IOM in Paris.

This occupation aims to denounce the IOMıs responsibility regarding the
exploitation and the discrimination of undocumented migrant workers as well
as its financial impenetrability.


Many foreign workers (especially seasonal workers) hired under IOM contracts
receive no social benefits (unemployment wage, overtime, social security,
pension, housing,S) and are not entitled to obtain welfare funds, and
certainly not given any residency visa. No matter how long they work, all of
them remain undocumented and many of them are victims of the employersı
blackmailing before they are employed.

This legal exploitation comes with flagrant discriminations such as the tax
paid by the employer to the IOM (1500 euros), the incredible price of the
medical exam (170 euros) that the undocumented worker must undergo year
after year. This market of the needy is a real profit for the IOM that
administers it in the shade.

Undocumented ³OMI² or sans-papiers living in France and Europe are now the
Kleenex slaves of the 3rd millennium, workers used against their will to
casualize labour on a global level, a plan orchestrated by the economical
and political powers of the rich countries.

For equal rights against exploitation, we demand of M. Fillon, Minister of
Social affairs, Labour and solidarity in charge of the IOM:

- the legalisation of all the ³sans-papiers², starting with the 320 files
already submitted, meaning the granting of a permanent work permit and equal
access to all social benefits.

- To make the IOM comply with the countryıs social legislation, to put an
end to casual labour and ³national preference² taxes.

Droits devant !! 
44, rue Montcalm  75018  PARIS
 Tél. : 01 42 58 82 22  Fax : 01 42 58 82 21
  e-mail : droits-devant@globenet.org
  www.droitsdevant.ouvaton.org 

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