Democracy and Work

Bird, Alex, Conaty, Pat, Mangan, Anita, Mckeown, Michael orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0235-1923, Ross, Cilla and Taylor, Simon (2020) Democracy and Work. In: Life After COVID-19: The Other Side of Crisis. Policy Press, pp. 63-72. ISBN 978-1529215397

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As the UK adjusts to life during COVID-19, one of the unexpected features is that it has created a better appreciation of workers in low-skilled, poorly paid and precarious work. For example, the BBC One Panorama programme ‘Lockdown UK’ referred to hospital cleaners and supermarket workers as ‘minimum wage heroes’¹ and food delivery drivers were added to the government’s list of key workers. Yet as Jason Moyer-Lee of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain points out, although these workers are doing essential jobs, they have the least rights and little or no job security.²

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