29th November 2010 A Day Off

10th November 2010 The Women who Clean Toilets in India

This really is no way to make a liv­ing… ‘I am doing this work because I am a Dalit’ This pow­er­ful BBC Radio Today pro­gramme inter­view with a woman latrine cleaner in rural Bihar (and accom­pa­ny­ing pics) reminds us just how strong and ‘resilient’ caste and gen­der are in deter­min­ing occu­pa­tion in present day India. The…

A Hyper-Precarious Labour Market

In a state of hyper-precarity, work becomes chimeric; you must aspire to it, to find it, to love it, but it dis­ap­pears in reces­sion, and with pub­lic sec­tor spend­ing cuts and pri­vate sec­tor retrench­ment. You must be work­ing, or you don’t count as a cit­i­zen. You’re lazy, work­shy, a ben­e­fit scrounger. Such is the political…