Free Labour

Posted on Friday, February 10 at 09:27 by eugene
"East Europeans are traditionally less mobile and generally unwilling to travel too far in search of a job, a legacy of 40 years of state planning that discouraged free movement of labor in the former Soviet satellite countries. The exception is Poland, where private entrepreneurship, although often illegal, existed even under communism and where workers are used to resettling to find a job." This is the real fear in the EU of not only now being swamped with migrant workers from the South but cheap labour from Poland. Currently underwaged non union construction workers are being imported to work in France, Germany etc. competing with unionized construction workers. This is one of the reasons that there was both right and left unity last year in opposing the EU constitution which saw a liberalization of the economy to allow for greater privatization and contracting out pitting worker against worker. It is not the Eastern European workers that is the real concern in Europe. It is the African and Turkish guest workers, and migrant labour that Europe has relied upon for years that has created the conditions for racist exploitation that goes unheeded until it erupts into riots as we saw last year in France. "Germany, Austria and France, where fears of migrant workers taking over jobs run high, are likely to use the entire transitional period until 2011, despite objections by the commission." Read the whole article here: http://plawiuk.blogspot.com/2006/02/free-labour.html

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  1. Fri Feb 10, 2006 10:12 pm
    "East Europeans are traditionally less mobile and generally unwilling to travel too far in search of a job, a legacy of 40 years of state planning ..."--Traditionally less mobile perhaps, but having lived and worked in western Ukraine, I can honestly say that this is no longer the case--at least in Ukraine. Because unemployment is so high, people commonly leave the country in search of work abroad. Many of my Ukrainian friends had not seen their parents in two or more years because they had gone abroad, usually to Italy, to make money so their children could go to university. The man who owned the apartment I was rooming in was almost always away, working construction in St. Petersburg, Russia. My then-girlfriend's sister had moved to Poland in search of work. Recently, the girlfriend herself moved to Germany. In fact, since the Soviet Union collapsed in late 1991, Ukraine has lost close to 10% of its population due to lack of employment at home.

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    "The more you read and learn, the less your adversary will know." --Sun Tzu

  2. Sat Feb 11, 2006 2:40 am
    Frankly, I think its a shame that people are driven from their homelands due to a lack of employment. And it is even worse to treat migrant workers with less value and respect! We have that here in Canada too- Mexican and Carribean migrant workers working for as little as $3.00 an hour in the Niagara fruit belt, the Simcoe-Tillsonburg tobacco belt, and the tomato fields of Leamington. But to many Canadians, that`s OK. Its not them who are being exploited, after all.

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    Dave Ruston

  3. Sat Feb 11, 2006 7:22 am
    Mexicans work the Fraser and Okanagan Valleys of BC as well.

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    "The more you read and learn, the less your adversary will know." --Sun Tzu



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