Labour stripped down to bare essentials


A cover on migrant workers raises a lot more questions than we can hope to answer in a monthly magazine. But it is a worthy attempt nonetheless. We really need to discuss the issue more openly.

We are after all dealing with a human phenomenon, and the last time I looked, humans are more than mere economic beings.

The basic issue – given how little we can immediately do to alter global economic structures – is that of dignity. When conditions of labour are unfair and uncertain, the labourer and the employer, along with all others involved in the process, suffer a loss in human dignity.

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