Unfree Labour? Struggles of Migrant and Immigrant Workers in Canada

with Aziz Choudry, Adrian Smith, Sedef Arat-Koç & Deena Ladd


Saturday, November 12
5pm – 6:30pm

Workers’ Action Centre
720 Spadina Ave, 2nd floor

Over the past decade, Canada has experienced considerable growth in labour migration. Moreover, temporary labour migration has replaced permanent immigration as the primary means by which people enter Canada. Utilizing the rhetoric of maintaining competitiveness, Canadian employers and the state have ushered in an era of neoliberal migration alongside an agenda of austerity flowing from capitalist crisis. Labour markets have been restructured to render labour more flexible and precarious, and in Canada as in other high-income capitalist labour markets, employers are relying on migrant and immigrant workers as “unfree labour.” This book explores labour migration to Canada and how public policies of temporary and guest worker programs function in the global context of work and capitalist restructuring.

Sponsors: Global Labour Research Centre, York University, Workers’ Action Centre

Published by PM Press pmpress.org. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Audio | Aziz Choudry

Audio | Adrian Smith

Audio | Kristina Torres

Audio | Sedef Arat-Koç

Audio | Deena Laad

Audio | Chris Ramsaroop