Introduction: Perspectives on Labour Migration

Ryan, Bernard (2005) Introduction: Perspectives on Labour Migration. In: Ryan, Bernard, ed. Labour Migration and Employment Rights. Institute of Employment Rights, London, pp. 1-8. ISBN 095475624X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Migrant workers often enter the UK in the hope of finding a better life – the truth is often far from that. Migrant workers are denied social benefits and are offered very little protection in terms of employment rights while the destitution faced by unemployed migrants makes them more vulnerable to unscrupulous employers. According to our evidence, pay is withheld, holidays refused, unlawful deductions from pay are often demanded and no pay slip provided. Yet migrant workers have no redress because their contract is often deemed ‘unlawful’. Attempts by workers to organise into a union are often thwarted by employers calling in immigration authorities. The intense exploitation faced by migrant workers highlights fundamental weaknesses in British employment law. The best way to address this is to undermine the economic advantage to employers of employing migrant workers. This should be done, not by restricting the supply of such labour but by regulating employment status, practices and protections. By strengthening migrant workers’ rights, we help prevent unscrupulous employers undercutting wages and depressing sectors of the economy. This in turn will help remove some of the hostility shown to migrant workers in sections of society.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: A. Davies
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 19:08
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:04
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1673 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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