Yes, I indulged in a wee bit of hyperbole, no question.
I do take issue with your reference to "voluntary workforce", as though that's exculpatory. I think that for a lot of people, choices in employment are pretty limited and because of that they're highly vulnerable to exploitation.
In college I worked my summers in an ice factory. Decently hard job, physcially demanding. We got minimum wage. My second summer, I thought we deserved to earn a little more than that and politely agitated for it. Had my life taken a different path, I might have become involved in union activities. :-)