Current research and projects Labour Studies faculty are exploring...
- Is the quality of life at work improving?
- How is work changing in a global economy?
- Are unions renewing themselves? What is their role in the service sector?
- How is the role of women in the paid and unpaid economy changing?
Other research currently being explored:
- Why are there persistent wage gaps between white workers and racialized workers immigrants? Or between men and women?
- What is the relationship between work and health?
- Why is work becoming more precarious, and what are impacts on workers?
- How can migrants in Temporary Foreign Worker Programs assert their rights?
- How do unions interact with different social movements?
- Why has labour’s alliance with the NDP frayed in recent years and could it (or should it) be repaired?
- How does the state – through law and policy – shape workers’ experiences and union’s activities? And whose interests does the state serve?
- What is the experience of women workers in traditionally male industries, such as construction or resources?
Research SNAPS: The Benefits and Risks of Impact Benefit Agreements
By negotiating Impact Benefit Agreements (IBA), private agreements between Indigenous governments and corporations, Indigenous governments and organizations have been able to mandate employment practices such as hiring, promotion and workplace...
Research SNAPS: Temporary, Insecure Employment Harms Canadians and Their Communities
The prevalence of precarious (or, temporary and insecure) employment is increasing in our society. This form of employment negatively impacts the workforce and hinders people from realizing their full potential within their employment and in their...
Work in a Global Society
I am pleased to announce the launch of our working paper series entitled Work in a Global Society. Our periodic series is edited and graduate student papers will be peer reviewed. To submit a paper to be considered for the working paper series, please send an electronic copy in Word format to Sharon Molnar. Include your name, affiliation and contact information. Hard copies of the working papers cost CDN $8.50 and include postage for North America. Please add $3.00 per paper overseas (airmail). Download the Working Paper Series order form.
Robert Storey, Director
School of Labour Studies
What is the Institute for Work in a Global Society (WIGS)?
WIGS is an interdisciplinary research group affiliated with the School of Labour Studies at McMaster University. We bring a social science perspective to issues of direct concern to paid and unpaid workers, and the institutions representing their interests. We have established links with researchers in the trade union community and at universities in a number of countries. WIGS facilitates research, holds regular seminars, and plans occasional conferences. We can facilitate trade unionists, researchers, faculty and graduate students wishing to visit McMaster and participate in our activities.