“It was typical for us to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week. All of us were expected to do so…. there was this expectation to be out there whether you were sick or not.”
What’s clear from the farmworker shortage is that if there’s any area where tough, no-tolerance legislation is needed, it’s not in immigration – it’s in working conditions for farm labourers.
The issue of forced labour is not one that is confined to the past in Ireland.
Colbert has the general public talking about migrant work as no other person or publication has in years.