Mit einem Lächeln auf den Lippen
57 min. Spanish/German with English subtitles, Berlin/Hamburg 2008
Hausarbeiterin ohne Papiere zieht vors Arbeitsgericht
A film by Anne Frisius in cooperation with Nadja Damm and Mónica
"I thought that, without papers, I didn’t stand a chance. It
came as a complete surprise when they told me I could claim my rights even
though I am an undocumented person.
I always thought one can’t do a thing without papers. At first I was
very nervous too, but not any more. I’ve become a lot more courageous.
Now I say, I am only claiming what’s mine. I don’t expect anyone
to give me anything for free. I am only claiming the wages for work I have
already done." (Ana S.)
After three years of underpaid domestic work with a family in Hamburg, Ana S.
decides to go before a labour court and claim a fair wage for her work –
although she’s considered “illegal” because she doesn’t
have an official residence permit.
This case shows that it’s still worth defending your rights in the
face of many difficulties.
It also shows the urgent need for support structures that offer more illegalized
people the possibility to fight for their rights.
In Hamburg, various organisations, anti-racist initiatives and the ver.di
trade union have supported this case and built up an outreach centre for undocumented
workers in search of advice related to labour law.
It's an encouraging first step ...
Ana S. and some of her supporters tell the story (Mónica Orjeda, verikom, Peter
Bremme, FB 13 ver.di, Norbert Cyrus, Oldenburg University, a.o.)
Dancing and choreography: Mariela Durand Huamán
This film was made
possible by support from the foundations Stiftung
Stiftung and Stiftung
Menschenwürde und Arbeitswelt
can order the DVD at bestellung
English version was made possible by ver.di Landesbezirk Hamburg and Diakonie
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Advice on work-related issues:
CONTACTS IN HAMBURG
MigrAr – Outreach for people without papers
ver.di service centre in the trade union offices,
Besenbinderhof 56, 20097 Hamburg
Tuesdays 10am – 2:00pm, phone 040-258 4138
verikom – Outreach Centre for Migrants without papers,
verikom. Verikom assists immigrants without papers in crisis. Its broad range
of services includes intensive support for migrants with and without residence
prospects during the legalization process and support in the recognition of
their legal rights.
Free and anonymous.
phone 0176 630 10427 | e-mail: abfm[at]verikom.de
CONTACTS IN BERLIN
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ver.di district section, Köpenicker Str. 30, 10179 Berlin, Room E 10 (ground
Tel: 030.8866-5622 (only during office hours:
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month:
9:00 – 11:00am
Every 4th Wednesday of the month:
6:00 – 8:00pm
Without papers, but with work!!!
!KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!