Paul Karp reports that “Most workers in part-time or casual positions are afraid to speak up about pay and conditions and feel they can’t take leave without risking their jobs, Victorian unions have told an inquiry into insecure work.”
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Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism are Screwing American Workers
by Steven Hill
St Martin’s Press (2015)
Raw Deal is about all the creative ways Wall Street and Silicon Valley have invented to exploit American workers since the 2008 meltdown escalated the wholesale destruction of US jobs. 693 more words
Melanie Simms gives an overview of trade union actions aimed at addressing the “precariat” and in particular young people who are increasingly trapped in to insecure work.
While the white working class is shrinking in the US, it remains the largest voting block in the country. That may be why leaders of both parties are concerned that white working-class voters, especially in the Midwest and South, are supporting populist candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. 1,012 more words
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Part of the process of generating the precariat comes from dumbing down the educational system. The game is to maximise profits, by maximising ‘throughput’. In the United Kingdom, hundreds of publicly funded university courses provide academic qualifications even though the subjects are non-academic.