Aziz Choudry, of our Department of Integrated Studies in Education, recently contributed an article to Stabroek News titled "Migrant workers: Unfree labour in the 21st Century".
The article situates labour concerns of today within the continuing processes of colonialism, industrialism and capitalism, and draws on the work of scholars such as CLR James, Eric Williams, Adrian Smith and Vic Satzewich. "The creation and maintenance of categories of workers with different sets of rights tied to their immigration status is a standard policy feature and capitalist strategy which is fundamental to how many economies function," writes Choudry in part, "facilitating the provision of reduced labour costs to employers."
Founded in November 1986, Stabroek News is a privately owned newspaper published in Guyana. Please click here to read the article.
Aziz Choudry is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production with the Department of Integrated Studies in Education with McGill University, and visiting professor at the Centre for Education, Rights and Transformation, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg. Dr. Choudry is author of Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements (University of Toronto Press, 2015), coauthor of Fight Back: Workplace Justice for Immigrants (Fernwood, 2009), and coeditor of Learning from the Ground Up: Global Perspectives on Social Movements and Knowledge Production (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Organize! Building from the Local for Global Justice (PM Press/Between the Lines, 2012), NGOization: Complicity, Contradictions and Prospects (Zed Books, 2013), Just Work? Migrant Workers' Struggles Today (Pluto Press, 2016), and Unfree Labour? Struggles of Migrant and Immigrant Workers in Canada (PM Press, 2016). Dr. Choudry serves on the board of the Immigrant Workers Centre, Montreal.