Invisible but not unlimited – migrant workers and their working and living conditions
With migrant workers now a structural workforce segment in a number of branches, this contribution summarises opinion research among such workers, in particular on their housing, working and living situations. The COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the extent to which migrant workers carry out many essential functions in undertakings, albeit without the respect due to them. Many user firms leave the recruitment of migrant labour to their planning department, resulting in an instrumental approach. Trade unions hardly play a role as an agent. As a result, workers are often invisible and unrepresented, while employers glorify the ‘work ethic’ of migrant labour.
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