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Working Precariously: Labour Strategies, Labour Renewal

Precarious work is rising. In the Global North, these insecure, often low-waged jobs are now becoming commonplace. How did precarious work arise and how does it affect our lives? How does race, gender, location and citizenship impact who is more likely to be precarious? What processes and policies enable precarious work? What strategies have workers used to challenge precarious work? How effective are they? In this course we will explore the nature of precarious work, its effects, and the range of strategies available to workers and workers’ organizations to fight precarity including new forms of unionism, innovative workplace tactics, growing linkages between labour and social movements, and new types of political initiatives.

LABRST 4H03

Working Precariously: Labour Strategies, Labour Renewal

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): IV Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes

Precarious work is rising. In the Global North, these insecure, often low-waged jobs are now becoming commonplace. How did precarious work arise and how does it affect our lives? How does race, gender, location and citizenship impact who is more likely to be precarious? What processes and policies enable precarious work? What strategies have workers used to challenge precarious work? How effective are they? In this course we will explore the nature of precarious work, its effects, and the range of strategies available to workers and workers’ organizations to fight precarity including new forms of unionism, innovative workplace tactics, growing linkages between labour and social movements, and new types of political initiatives.


Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV of an Honours Labour Studies program or permission of the director.