The Griallet Case

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September 03, 2014
Laetitia Dechaufour

Social and Economic Sciences teacher
Lycée Hector Berlioz, 8 avenue Antoine Quinson, 94300 Vincennes, France

This case study analyzes the struggle of undocumented workers at the Griallet construction company in the Paris suburb of Montreuil, in which immigrant workers collaborate with the Local Union of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) to run a successful strike for regularization of their immigration status. The case illustrates the success factors of the strike and the complexities of the union's role in supporting the immigrant workers' struggle and integrating them into French society.