24 May 2007

Slave Labour 2

I've written about Slave Labour before and have just prepared an article for the second book of New Labour Sleaze on worker exploitation by the Labour Party. Whilst I appreciate that the Home Office is stretched due to woeful mismanagement, it is crucial that rogue employers are tackled. Serious allegations have recently come to light about work practices at suppliers of "fair trade" fruit, which are now compounded by suggestions of illegal employment which fellow blogger Guthrum has rightly taken seriously.

After leaving an au pair assignment in the late 1990s, my girlfriend was briefly an illegal worker in the UK. No doubt the same cafe owners who exploited her are now employing nationals with no rights to work in the UK and are in the process undercutting and driving legitimate businesses to the wall. I hope to hear of action taken after this expose. I'm not filled with hope.

3 comments:

james higham said...

...I'm not filled with hope...

Especially with summer coming up, PT. I was with two Austrian girls some summers ago and what you describe was the case. and Austrians are not exactly the underclass of the world.

mutleythedog said...

Many are employed collecting tin cans on the M3 central reservation where there is an alarmingly high death rate...

tory boys never grow up said...

While I disagree with what you say happened at the Labour Party (Political Parties and even Guido cannot function without volunteers), I totally agree with you about the need to stop the exploitation of migrant workers - what I find somewhat surprising is that you seem to come up with the response of employing more bureaucrats, which I suspect could only ever be a partial solution. Surely, there could be other mechanisms that could be used as well- or are you saying that problems created by the market can only be tackled by the State?

Without being doctrinaire - it would be nice to see some creative thinking on this matter which might actually address the problem.