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Foreign Workers and Capitalist Class Relations in Taiwan:A Study of Economic Exploitation and Political Isolation

篇名 Foreign Workers and Capitalist Class Relations in Taiwan:A Study of Economic Exploitation and Political Isolation
作者 Robert Tierney
刊名 政大劳动学报
期数 200207(第12期)
出版单位 国立政治大学劳工研究所
起讫页 125-165
摘要

Temporary guest workers in Taiwan Republic of China, constitute a source of cheap labour, crucial to capital accumulation in the manufacturing and building and construction sectors. Their wages are well below the average paid to workers engaged in significantly similar employment.  In addition, the foreign labourers pay large portions of their income to the foreign labour contractors, and the latter are frequently involved in illegal collaborative arrangements with the manufacturing and building/construction employers, which, in turn, receive commissions (or “kick-backs”) for engaging foreign labour. Foreign workers tend to be concentrated in dangerous jobs, which are protected inadequately under existing workplace health and safety legislation. Excessive overtime pressures, combined with the employers’ capacity and preparedness to sack and repatriate foreign workers, contribute to the vulnerability of foreign workers to unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. Moreover, foreign workers are ignored and mistreated by the organised labour movement, thereby exacerbating their marginalisation in Taiwanese society. The labour unions are the key institutions responsible for blaming the country’s worsening unemployment problems on the foreign guest worker program. This has tended to fuel racist and xenophobic prejudices in Taiwan.

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