Definition of slave labour in English:

slave labour

noun

  • [mass noun] Labour which is coerced and inadequately rewarded, or people that do it:

    ‘most of production is carried out by slave labour’
    • ‘Once inside, they were treated as slave labour and allowed no privileges.’
    • ‘Most would have only been able to raise a deposit and would be forced to pay off the rest by working as virtual slave labour in restaurants and sweatshops, or as prostitutes.’
    • ‘But the implication that Europeans were indifferent to the colour of their slaves rests on an equivocation between unfree labour and slave labour.’
    • ‘It's a common assumption that most homes had a slave or two, while most farms and quarries were almost exclusively worked by slave labor.’
    • ‘They send you to do what they call ‘volunteer labour’ which really amounts to slave labour in the countryside.’
    • ‘Jews were not only exterminated immediately, but could, particularly in times of labour shortage, be worked to death as slave labour.’
    • ‘It was slave labour and no one deserved to be treated in such a way.’
    • ‘Chinese workers were imported to work the fields under slave labour conditions.’
    • ‘Japan colonized Korea between 1910 and 1945, barring them from using their own language and forcing thousands into slave labour.’
    • ‘Another report detailed the pressures on the rural poor to work under slave labour conditions in the country's garment factories or to resort to prostitution.’
    • ‘Some owners bluntly told their slaves they did not want the financial burden of women and children without the reward of cheap slave labor.’
    • ‘The centres of British power are crawling with paid representatives of corporations that directly profit from slave labour.’
    • ‘Others, including several school friends, died the following year after working in terrible conditions as slave labour.’
    • ‘Whole populations were deported to Germany for the purposes of slave labor upon defense works, armament production, and similar tasks connected with the war effort.’
    • ‘All processes carried on by slave labour are conducted in the rudest and most unimproved manner.’
    • ‘But he had no middle-class guilt, recognising from the first that the Soviet system depended on total repression, on slave labour and on the concentration camps.’
    • ‘The white planters in the English-speaking Caribbean were the ones compensated to the tune of some £200 million for the loss of slave labour.’
    • ‘It cannot compete against regimes that tolerate slave labour or forced child labour.’
    • ‘The blacks were, of course, used for slave labour, because that is just what the British did back then.’
    • ‘The abolitionists and classical economists maintained that slave labour always retards long-term growth as well as social and moral progress.’

Pronunciation:

slave labour

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