Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Defending migrant workers

When I think of migrant workers I tend, like a lot of people I know, to think of migrants to the UK. However migrant workers are often the most vulnerable workers no matter which country they're in, and it's worth being reminded of that occasionally to help get that wider perspective that it isn't just a racist immigration system, it's an immigration system that's there to benefits employers not their employees.

When browsing the viral video awards I noticed the following YouTube campaign video on the rights of migrant workers in the Middle East and think it's well worth watching (and voting for);

You can also see how migration is used to benefit the rich when you have big business challenging the government in court over the immigration cap. Those businesses clearly need both immigration and the laws that keep those migrants at a disadvantage.

The dividing line between the left and the rich is not on whether migration should be allowed but how immigrants should be treated - with big business keen to have immigration controls that work in their favour, and the left is keen to have an immigration system that ensures people are treated equally, no matter what colour their passport.


Anonymous said...

One word.. Great! Two words.. Very awesome!

Jim Jepps said...

Dear anonymous, I apologise for deleting your posts but if you're going to make allegations of such a serious nature you're going to have to do it in your own - real - name. Just because it's against Labour politicians does not make it more likely I'll allow them to pass.

You don't get to out people without being out in the open yourself I'm afraid.