sweated labour

/swɛtəd ˈleɪbə/ (say swetuhd 'laybuh)

noun
1. work which is required to be sustained for long hours at low pay.
2. a work force subjected to such exploitative work practices.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • sweated labour — BrE sweated labor AmE n [U] 1.) hard work done for very low wages, especially in a factory 2.) the people who do this work …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sweated labour — BrE sweated labor AmE noun (U) 1 hard work done for very low wages, especially in a factory 2 the people who do this work …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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