There’s a story about labour leaders from the AFL-CIO in the United States meeting with their counterparts from COSATU in South Africa. During their discussion, the question arose as to what the key job of trade unions is. The American delegates [...]
Precarious work has always been a feature of capitalism. In 16th century England, the process of enclosure forced small farmers to migrate to urban areas in search of work as wage-labourers. The 18th century British philosopher Richard Price wrote [...]
5 key ingredients to a stronger labour movement
In 2017, the OFL Convention projected a general tone of comradery and unity, an image that suggested many of the crises plaguing the movement through previous years had been resolved. Two large [...]
Think of academic work and you probably have an image of a professor, snuggled in a cardigan in a charmingly cluttered office enjoying a glass of brandy while pontificating through a well-paid tenured position and into a lucrative pension.
Economic developments have brought sweeping changes to the character of work. The rapid growth of precarious employment and the rise of the gig economy are among the most challenging factors that affect workers’ ability to organize and struggle [...]