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This is the home of labouring futures.  ‘…sociological analyses of the future, of the new and of change must…be entangled in the actualisation of time in practice…’ Lisa Adkins, Sociological Futures: From Clock Time to Event Time (2009).

Article: Full-time work: Took Risky?

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald (29 August 2015) by Alexandra Cain argues that a full-time job is too risky in the contemporary labour market. An excerpt: “If you are in full-time employment, you have only one source of income. Should anything happen to the business and you lose your job, how would you pay […]

Coming soon: The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract

A new collection edited by Lisa Adkins and Maryanne Dever, The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Living in Contingency will be published by Palgrave in October 2015. Download The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract flyer with table of contents.

Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional ‘basic income’

An article in The Independent reports that the Dutch city of Utrecht is to start an experiment aimed at determining “whether society works effectively with universal, unconditional income”. The experiment is designed to see whether a guaranteed income covering living expenses allows individuals to re-organise their time, particularly time spent caring, volunteering and studying, by permitting them […]

Unions and supermarkets striking deals to undermine workers’ wages and conditions?

An article by Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar in the Sydney Morning Herald (24 May 2015) argues that low-paid workers in Australian supermarkets will have their wages and conditions undermined if a new agreement struck between their employers and the shop assistants’ union — the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees (SDA) — goes ahead. The […]

ILO reports three quarters of world’s workers in insecure jobs

The Guardian is reporting on the ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook 2015 (WESO) which documents a marked increase in the numbers of people working in insecure work on short-term or no contracts, as self-employed or in unpaid famiily jobs. “Only a quarter of the world’s workers are on permanent contracts”, according the report’s main author, Raymond Torres. He […]

More on unpaid internships

An article in The Conversation (UK) by Aoife Nolan and Rosa Freedman argues, The human rights sector must stop exploiting unpaid interns. In particular, they warn that in accepting interns solely from the ranks of those who can afford to work without salary, the section “threatens to become a self-replicating economic elite in which representativeness and legitimacy […]

Workers without borders: The rise of temporary migrant labour

ABC Radio National Earshot programme highlighting the shift in the Australian labour market away from permanent to temporary labour migration. From the programme:  “The introduction of 457 visas was a bipartisan policy conceived by the Keating government and implemented under John Howard to plug skills gaps in the labour market. The visas are used in many […]

UNPAID INTERNSHIPS: OPPORTUNITY OR EXPLOITATION?

Right Now: Human Rights in Australia article on the rise in unpaid internships in Australia. They ask what distinguishes an intern from an employee: ‘A prominent issue recently came to light in a landmark case before the Federal Circuit Court, where Melbourne-based media organisation Crocmedia was fined $24,000 for not paying its interns because of the […]

Worker sacked for disabling app that tracked her 24/7?

News article in Ars Technica covering an on-going law suit in which an employee claims they were sacked shortly after they disabled the Xora app that allowed her employer to track her movements both on and off the job. “Arias’ attorney, Gail Glick, said in a Monday e-mail to Ars that the app allowed her client’s “bosses to […]

New article: What Are Post-Fordist Wages?

Lisa Adkins, ‘What Are Post-Fordist Wages?  Simmel, Labor Money, and the Problem of Value’ in a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly on Rethinking Money, Debt, and Finance after the Crisis (eds) Melinda Cooper and Martijn Konings. Abstract  In a context of wage repression, indebted labor, and a pervasive gap between what labor earns and what it […]

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