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Organizing migrant workers in Australia

The working class is under attack in Australia from many sides. One of the ways that capitalists and governments try to undermine workers organizations and conditions is by bringing in temporary migrant workers.

These workers are especially prone to exploitation due to the temporary status of their working visas as well as their unfamiliarity of the laws and culture in Australia. While some unions have been successful at organizing these groups of workers, many migrant workers face terrible working conditions.

The Migrant Workers Centre was recently set up in Melbourne, Australia to help these groups of workers. Asia Pacific Currents spoke with Matt Kunkel, the Director of the Migrant Workers Centre, about the work that they have been doing.

Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region. It is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links, in the studio of 3CR Radio in Melbourne, Australia

Image: Wikipedia: Migrant workers in Australia in the 1950's at a work camp

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