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Wecome To Seigfeid & Roy's Casino Capitalism,
This review is from: H-2 Worker (DVD)
In 1992, a class suit found five sugar cane companies guilty of cheating more than 10,000[many countless more, but no written proof] cane workers of their contracted minimum wages during two seasons DOCUMENTED IN THIS FILM.
$51,000,000.00 dollars in back pay was rewarded to the Caribbean workers.
This was reversed by the Florida Appellate Court[a subsidary of the Florida Cane Industry] finding the H-2 contract "ambigious"[favored workers].
Once these lawsuits and public scrutiny mandated fair wages for workers, sugar cane companies switched to mechanical harvesting.
Today, all surger cane in Florida is harvested by machine, however, the number of H-2 workers coming into the U.S. has substantially incresed.
The pay has decreased, howerver, to "slave wages". Slaves long ago actually lived on their work. Slavery then ended when it became cheaper to pay "slave wages"[industrial revolution] then to house & feed them as before.
Despite a "cap" of 66,00 H-2B workers over 254,000 H-2B workers were certified[some are above the law]for employment by the Dept. of labor.
The H-2A program, which covers agriculture, HAS NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF WORKERS.
An underground market for "slave wages" was created with the temporary work visas issued essentially "free" by the U.S. Govt.
There are now "labor brokers" that apply as employers to import "slave wage" workers, then shop them around from industry to industry. So now, the "industry", will no longer be the ones "officially" unaccountable to the workers, it will be the unaccountable "labor brokers". When it comes time to pay they... "disappear"... to shop around for more... "worker fodder".
This DVD is anexcellent account of today's "precarious worker class" in a unregulated globalized casino capitalism that has usurped global, national, & local political capital..
(PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO WATCH THE EXTRA 19 minute ubdate.)
THIS IS AN OPENER!
DON'T MISS IT!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!!!