By Frontera NorteSur, Grassroots Press
February 27, 2013
Labor rights advocates in the U.S. and Canada are urging an overhaul of guestworker programs in the two countries. The calls come amid fresh allegations of systematic abuses in the contracting and employment of guestworkers in the agricultural, carnival and other industries.
A study of H-2B guestworkers in the U.S. carnival and fair industries released this month by American University’s Washington College of Law and the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante found that workers are regularly subjected to wage theft, lack of access to health care, precarious living and working conditions, misleading recruitment pitches and low pay that sometimes yields a mere buck an hour. [,,,]
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