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Unfree labour? : struggles of migrant and immigrant workers in Canada

A. A. Choudry (Editor), Adrian A. Smith (Editor)
Over the past decade, Canada has experienced considerable growth in labour migration, which has replaced permanent immigration as the primary means by which people enter Canada. Using the rhetoric of maintaining competitiveness, Canadian employers and the state have ushered in an era of neoliberal migration alongside an agenda of austerity flowing from capitalist crisis. Labour markets have been restructured to render labour more flexible and precarious, and in Canada as in other high-income capitalist labour markets, employers are relying on migrant and immigrant workers as "unfree labour." This book explores labour migration to Canada and how public policies of temporary and guest worker programs function in the global context of work and capitalist restructuring. Contributors are directly engaged with the issues emerging from the influx of temporary foreign workers and Canada's "creeping economic apartheid"--The ongoing racialization of economic inequality for many workers of colour. The collection also examines how migrant workers, labour organizations, and allies have engaged in a wide range of organizing initiatives with significant political and economic impacts. These have included both court challenges to secure legal rights to unionization and grassroots alternatives to traditional forms on unionization through worker centres
Print Book, English, 2016
PM Press, Oakland, CA, 2016
ix, 208 pages ; 23 cm
9781629631493, 9781629632902, 1629631493, 1629632902
Producing and Contesting "Unfree Labour" through the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program / Mark Thomas
Migrant Live-In Caregivers: Control, Consensus, and Resistance in the Workplace and the Community / Jah-Hon Koo and Jill Hanley
"Systemic Discrimination" in the Canadian Context: Live-in Domestic Care, Employment Equity, and the Challenge of Unfree Labour Markets / Abigail B. Bakan
Globalizing "Immobile" Worksites: Fast Food under Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program / Geraldina Polanco
Struggling against History: Migrant Farmworker Organizing in British Columbia / Adriana Paz Ramirez and Jennifer Jihye Chun
The Case for Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Migrant Agricultural Workers in Canada / Chris Ramsaroop
Critical Questions: Building Worker Power and a Vision of Organizing in Ontario / Deena Ladd and Sonia Singh
A Jeepney Ride to Tunisia: From There to Here, Organizing Temporary Foreign Workers / Joey Calugay, Loïc Malhaire, and Eric Shragge
Organizers in Dialogue / Joey Calugay, Jill Hanley, Mostafa Henaway, Deena Ladd, Marco Luciano, Adriana Paz Ramirez, Chris Ramsaroop, Eric Shragge, Sonia Singh, and Christopher Sorio
Unfree Labour, Social Reproduction, and Political Community in Contemporary Capitalism / Sedef Arat-Koç