As we approach Christmas and the New Year, and think of priorities for 2016, it might be a good time to reflect on what is called ‘precarious work’.  While, in NZ, work conditions like zero-hours contracts are a particularly appalling example, the reality is that there is not much employment today which is actually secure.  The days of a ‘job for life’, promised – and to a significant extent delivered – by capitalism in the First World during the long postwar boom (late 1940s to early 1970s) are long gone.

Here are some of the pieces we’ve published on this subject on Redline.

Information technology and the rise of a new servant class:

Where ‘talents’ go to die – diary of a US call centre worker:

Diary of an office worker:

Bending over backwards – NZ’s temp economy and capital’s growing need for flexible labour:

The real working life of a chef – a view from the inside:

The political economy of low-wage labour:


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