UWFB: The Seven Circles of Temporary Migrant Worker Hell (part 2)

Friday, 8 April 2022 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
The Seven Circles of Temporary Migrant Worker Hell

What keeps someone working ten hours a day, in a field, under the hot sun, for as little as $3 an hour? While putting up with verbal and physical abuse? And sleeping at night in an uninsulated shipping container? And how can this be happening in present-day Australia?

The answer is well known, well studied, and Australia walked into it with our eyes wide open.

The answer is what we call, The Seven Circles of Temporary Migrant Worker Hell, and what researchers call the descent into a "guest worker state".

In this second of a two-part show, Shane Roulstone, National Organising Director with the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU), Dr Chris Wright, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Business School, and Sherry Huang with the Migrant Workers Centre, explain how we got here, how it could get worse, and what we can do about it.

Part 1 of our investigation into the use and abuse of temporary migrant workers, can be found here:


Show notes

A guest-worker state? The declining power and agency of migrant labour in Australia
Chris F Wright, Stephen Clibborn

Australian Workers’ Union (AWU)

Migrant Workers Centre


Theme music:
One in Ten by UB40


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Friday 5:30pm to 6:30pm
The Squatters and Unwaged Workers support and promote those resisting social order and trying to create an alternative to it. Interviews with local and interstate unwaged and unemployed activists, squatters and plugs of local and interstate actions, protests, conferences, meetings and film screenings.


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