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Precariat Office Scotland (Oficina Precaria) – the places unions don’t reach.
Who are we / What we do
Oficina Precaria / PIE / Precariat Office Scotland is a project/organisation that deals with attention, support and advice (free legal support) to any migrant residing in Scotland. We attend in various languages to facilitate access to information that is easily understandable about the rights of migrants.
We offer free solidarity and support for people in a precarious employment situation as a casual worker and as a migrant. We offer legal advice that takes care of answering questions and offers information on workers’ rights and bureaucratic paperwork, completely free of charge. The aim is to help the worker legalise their situation or at least understand exactly what situation they are in. We take cases to tribunals (either Employment or First Tier or Small Claims)
- We help with immigration laws and deal with migration issues.
- We help migrants with tenant rights and landlord problems.
We have 4 areas of main support: Legal, Welfare, Health Support and Mental wellbeing and alternatives to precarious forms of employment (e.g. help forming coops)
We also lead campaigns that report precarious practices and give our renowned DUNG Award to those employers that exploit migrants the most in Scotland.
By these actions we intend to put pressure on organisations that show no respect for workers’ rights and thus achieve specific improvements for migrant workers. But also aim to give visibility to the instability of migrant employment conditions as we are considered cheap labour.
Also migrants’ precarious working conditions means precarious life conditions, precarity transfer to everyday life and have a negative impact on self esteem and self worth as a human being. Not being able to communicate through language barriers, understand your rights or know where to go as most migrants lack the cultural, societal and family support that they have in their own countries have a huge impact on the self and make people accept their own exploitation while dehumanising.
For these reasons we promote and teach empowerment and give tools in our workshops; from a wide variety of knowledge transfer issues and sharing experiences to give you resources for self defence in several life scenarios.
We also facilitate the access to already existing organisations, unions and resources already established in Scotland as well as working closely with other social activist groups in improving labour/life conditions for all workers!
See the ‘Food Help’ page for PIE projects relating to free limited food bank and ‘free soup Thursdays’.
Queries and consultations will be primarily done by email. Ask for an appointment, here: https://piescotland.org/es/contacto/
Appointments are on Fridays.
We always need people to help us, especially with translations, knowledge in social support, work related support, etc. in Scotland. If you are interested, contact us through our website PIE Scotland. You can also find us on our Facebook page.handbook