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Working in the Context of Austerity

Challenges and Struggles

Edited by Donna Baines and Ian Cunningham

Published

9 Nov 2020

Page count

296 pages

ISBN

978-1529208672

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

9 Nov 2020

Page count

296 pages

ISBN

978-1529208696

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Working in the Context of Austerity

    Austerity was presented as the antidote to sluggish economies, but it has had far-reaching effects on jobs and employment conditions.

    With an international team of editors and authors from Europe, North America and Australia this illuminating collection goes beyond a sole focus on public sector work and uniquely covers the impact of austerity on work across the private, public and voluntary spheres.

    Drawing on a range of perspectives, the book engages with the major debates surrounding austerity and neoliberalism, providing grounded analysis of the everyday experience of work and employment.

    Donna Baines is Director and Professor of Social Work at the University of British Columbia.

    Ian Cunningham is Head of Department and Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde.

    Section One ~ Introduction

    Understanding Austerity: Its Reach and Presence in the Changing Context of Work and Employment ~ Donna Baines (Australia) & Ian Cunningham (UK)

    Section Two ~ Over Arching Trends and Themes

    Privatizing in the Name of Austerity ~ Pat Armstrong and Hugh Armstrong (Canada)

    Precarious Work ~ Wayne Lewchuk (Canada)

    Wage Stagnation, Trends in Collective Bargaining and Income Inequality Under Austerity ~ Ian Cunningham (UK) & Phil James (UK)

    Employment and Wage Consequences Across the Economy in the Era of Austerity ~ (US or Australia) - tba

    Section Three ~ Cases from the Private, Public and Nonprofit/Voluntary Sectors

    Gig Economy: Berlin and New York ~ Neils van Doorn (Netherlands)

    The Effects of Austerity and Public Sector Reform on Firefighters’ Orientations to Work in Scotland ~ Eva Jendro and Delores Scholaris (UK)

    Employability Services in an Era of Austerity: The United Kingdom ~ Colin Lindsay (UK)

    Privatizing Care/Generating Precarious Labour Markets: Personalised Funding in the Context of Austerity in Australia and Scotland ~ Doug Young (UK) and Donna Baines (Australia)

    Accelerated Austerity: The Irish Nonprofit, Voluntary and Community Sector ~ Pauric O’Rourke (Ireland)

    The Plight of Fast Food Workers in Restructured, Globalized Worksites: From the Phillipines and Mexico to Canada ~ Geraldina Palaco (Canada)

    Workers in the Aging City: Financialization and Eldercare Labour Markets in Hong Kong and Canada ~ Kendra Strauss and Feng Xu (Canada)

    Section Four ~ Alternatives and Resistance

    The Scottish Living Wage in Social Care During Austerity ~ Alina Baluch (UK)

    Ireland and Zero Hours Contract Activism ~ Juliet McMahon et al. (Ireland)

    Moral Projects and Compromise Resistance: Resisting Uncaring in Nonprofit Care Work ~ Donna Baines (Australia)

    Unions and Resistance Globally and Locally ~ Steve Davies & Helen Blakely (UK)

    Afterword, Where We are Now and a Way Forward – Jill Rubery (UK)