'Being treated like slaves': Why migrant exploitation exists

Treen, Mike

Publisher:  Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
Date Written:  16/11/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23108

A look at the labour market in modern capitalist society, and how it leads to the exploitation of migrant workers who are sometimes treated as slaves.



Super-exploited workers are paid even less than the usual value of labour power in the particular country. This is achieved by having a pool of workers with fewer rights and less ability to assert them. In the US this is done by having so-called "illegals" who cross the border from Mexico in their millions. They also have hundreds of thousands of temporary work visas for agriculture and other industries issued each year. Right wing campaigns in the US like US President Trump is leading against the so-called "illegals" is not designed to keep them out but to keep them down when they are inside the US.

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