Organising migrant agency cleaners: a new challenge

The fact that commercial cleaning staff, who are usually women and migrant workers, are being exploited at work is not news anymore, in fact it has been in the news many times. We learned that people complain of being frequently mistreated by employers, usually agencies, who often ignore obligations to provide holiday and sick pay, […]

We are looking for new volunteers

Are you passionate about workers rights? Do you want to help disadvantaged Eastern Europeans and improve their working conditions? We are looking for Romanian, Lithuanian and Polish volunteers to help us with a new project. In January this year we have started a new project, “Organising Migrant Workers”. The focus of this project is to […]

What is the new settled status and what you need to do about Brexit?

On December the 8th, the UK government and the EU reached an important step in the negociations for exiting the EU regarding citizens rights . How does that affect you? For now, you don’t need to take any action.  There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK while […]

Supporting families – The Z family case study

When a person comes through our doors, it’s hard to tell at a first glance the level of support that they will end up needing from us. Our very experienced senior advisers know how to ask the right questions and find out exactly how they can support individuals and families. So was the case of […]

Disadvantaged EU nationals roundtable in London’s City Hall

On 1 November 2017 we were invited to speak at the roundtable called by the London Mayor’s Office in regards to the needs of disadvantaged EU Londoners in the light of the approaching Brexit. We presented challenges and solutions specifically relating to older Eastern Europeans, who are routinelly left out of the Brexit conversations, and […]

National minimum wage is still an issue

While the majority of our clients are aware of National Minimum Wage (NMW), many are still being paid below NMW. The problem is not limited to informal sectors and micro enterprises. For example, one of the clients who was paid below NMW was working ‘cash in hand’ in a local post office. Many Eastern European […]

From not being paid to challenging your employer in court – a complete journey

Confusion and lack of information about one’s rights at work is causing high levels of exploitation and unpaid wages in the Eastern European communities. Lack of language skills, lack of knowledge of the system and social exclusion make it harder for workers to understand their rights and makes it easy for unscrupulous employers to take […]

Special Camden Council meeting on Brexit

We were invited to Special Camden Council Meeting on Brexit on the 23rd October 2017. It was an opportunity for us to raise issues that EU communities are facing in this uncertain time. We talked about lack of awareness among EU nationals about their rights and about sources of reliable support when things go wrong. We […]

Race or ethnicity? Hate crime against Eastern Europeans in London.

Last week, we talked at the Hate Crime conference in Brent, part of the Hate Crime awareness week. It was a great and interesting meeting, and we are grateful to have been part of it. It gave us the opportunity to think once again on how to tackle hate crime against the Eastern European community. […]

Stop changes to NHS up-front charging!

We call all Eastern Europeans, our supporters and all members of the general public to sign in the petition to stop changes to the way how NHS charges for health services. To add your name to the list of signatories before the 2nd of October 2017 please go here. Do not wait – it is […]

Good news: Free English Classes at East European Resource Centre

Good news everyone! After spending a few months finding the perfect English teacher (we did, two of them), we are now finally able to provide free English classes for Eastern Europeans, in our offices. We know that the most important step towards integration and leading a fulfilled life as full members of the community, is […]

Survey – Eastern Europeans in London. We want to hear from you!

The East European Resource Centre is currently seeking to better understand the needs of London-based Eastern European workers, whether they are in the construction industry, nursing, social care, catering or other fields of work. We are considering expanding the range of services we offer and as part of this expansion, we are sending this survey […]

What is bogus self-employment?

Part of our mission here at Eastern European Resource Centre is to make people aware of their rights at work, to make sure that our clients are in legal employment and that they are not being exploited at work. Many of the most disadvantaged Eastern Europeans are unaware of the difference between self employed or […]

What does it mean to be an Eastern European Londoner today? Meeting with Matthew Ryder, the deputy mayor of London

On 2 August 2017 we met with Matthew Ryder, the deputy mayor of London in charge of social integration, social mobility and community engagement. The meeting was held in the Polish Centre and attended by a group of representatives from Polish organisations ranging from old and established to very young. The intention of Mr Ryder had […]

One year after the referendum. Where are we now?

Exactly one year ago Britain had one of the most important votes in it’s history, the Brexit referendum. As the results started to come in, divided reactions portrayed a divided country. Immediately after the results, we observed a significant rise in hate crime against Eastern European nationals, Polish people in particular. Although there haven’t been any major […]

East European Resource Centre is committed to make Brexit work for EE nationals

We welcome the start of Brexit negotiations following the declaration of Article 50 by the Prime Minister. We do so in the hope that the British government takes account of the voice of Eastern Europeans living in the UK, and safeguards the best outcome for their post-Brexit future. The referendum last year brought uncertainty to many, including […]

Hate Crime advocates: What have we learned in 3 months?

Three months ago we started a pilot project: Eastern European Hate Crime Advocates, done in Partnership with Roma Support, which aims to increase reporting of hate crime and build confidence of targeted communities in the justice system. Eastern Europeans have become the new “other” in the heated immigration debate in the UK, a target for discrimination and […]

We are looking for amazing Peer Educators! Is it you?

We are looking for Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian and Lithuanian speakers to join our amazing team as Peer Educator volunteers. We find there is a real desire amongst migrant communities, especially amongst their more established members, to be more engaged with their co-nationals and to work together with community organisations to help the less fortunate of us. […]

Exiting the EU and Eastern Europeans

We are grateful for the opportunity we had on Wednesday, 18 January 2017, to give oral evidence in front of the Committee on Exiting the EU chaired by Hilary Benn MP. We shared a panel with “The 3 million”, an organisation which campaigns to preserve the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British […]

Brexit, London and Eastern Europeans – after meeting new Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement

Today we met Matthew Ryder, a new Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement for Greater London. Matthew helps the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to forward the agenda of integration, mobility and engagement of Londoners. We presented key areas of concern that we believe would have the biggest impact on Eastern […]

After the referendum – has anything changed for Eastern Europeans? No.

Ever since the outcome of the Brexit referendum is known, there has been a flurry of communications regarding the status of EU nationals living in the UK as well as letters and petitions demanding from the government that they confirm this status for us. Without shadow of doubt, these attempts were good-willed and aimed at […]

Brexit is a reality we all have to learn to live with

Yesterday British voters decided to terminate membership in the European Union. What does it mean for 3 millions EU nationals living in the UK? What can we expect? We face the new reality of living in communities split between those wishing to leave and those wanting to stay. Our fellow expats – Eastern Europeans living […]

Human trafficking for forced labour – what response do we want?

Human trafficking is a serious crime and a violation of human rights. Victims are coerced, lured into or threaten to perform work that they cannot refuse. They are threaten with violence, abuse, reporting to the police, often manipulated to petty crime to keep them terrified and obedient. Their documents are taken away. They are forced […]

We met with Gangmasters Licensing Authority

Today we participated in the meeting of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority’s (GLA) NGO/Worker Liaison Group. We have been invited following our involvement in protecting migrant workers’ rights and voicing concerns on behalf of vulnerable Eastern European workers who have been or who are at risk of labour abuse and exploitation. The GLA is a labour […]

Employment Rights workshop on 9 February – testimonials!

On February 9 in partnership with New Europeans, we held a training session on employment rights. The session was great – lots of knowledge passed on, lots of good questions asked and lots of great feedback we received from participants! This is only a handful of their testimonials: ‘Extremely useful. Training was delivered in a very […]

Can we help Eastern European migrants who are victims of modern slavery?

Today we spoke with the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Mr Kevin Hyland OBE to contribute to the implementation of Commissioner’s office strategic plan for improved identification and care for victims of modern slavery. The meeting was organised by Labour Exploitation Advisory Group, hosted by Focus on Labour Exploitation. Modern slavery is a crime where a person or a […]

50 shades of migrant worker exploitation

As we read in vocabulary „An au pair (plural: au pairs) is a domestic assistant from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a monetary allowance for personal use”. What the definition doesn’t say […]

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