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