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Unsavoury employer practices: Understanding temporary migrant work in the Australian food services sector

JC Tham, J Fudge

The International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations | Published : 2019

Abstract

Why do employers in specific sectors use migrant workers to a significant extent? Taking temporary migrant work in the Australian food services sector as a case study, this article argues that employer demand for migrant workers is shaped by two forms of social regulation: the immigration controls that create a supply of different kinds of migrant workers, and the labour market norms and institutions that operate within a specific industrial sector. Specifically, the article argues that the cost-minimization strategy of the Australian food services sector in conjunction with its precarious work norms result in ‘demand’ on the part of employers in the sector for vulnerable workers to perform ..

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