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Spot the difference

A man in Africa is sold by one man to another, transported across the Atlantic Ocean or the Sahara in chains, compelled to work without pay under the constant threat of beating or worse until he drops dead.

Another man, several hundred years later gets on a plane in Poland, flies to the UK and does a job for which he is paid, and is at liberty to leave at any time. He would, in common with employees everywhere, like to be paid more.

Not much in common between the two, is there? Not that the TUC thinks so:

"TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'This study reveals systematic abuse of migrant workers which is tantamount to modern day slavery".

There are lots of scholarly works Brendan might read up on before making such a silly comparison, or if he lacks the time or the resolution, he could always hire out 'Roots'.

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Blogger Mountjoy said... 12:45 pm

Erm, the TUC forgot about abuse of British born workers: some of them have a very hard time from bullies in the workplace and nasty employers.  



Anonymous verity said... 3:01 pm

Perhaps Brendan Barber needs some systematic abuse to help him get his head straight.  



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