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dc.contributor.authorKellogg, Paul
dc.descriptionMy paper was part of a panel on the first day of the British Sociological Association conference, part of the Work, Economy and Society Stream. The panel was well attended and provoked a lively discussion. Two of the other panelists had topics that closely paralleled my own – the impact of restructuring, globalization and neoliberalism on work and the workplace. Debby Bonin from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa gave an interesting account of the evolving situation of textile designers in the post-apartheid era. Lise Hansen from Roskilde University in Denmark gave a theoretically informed exploration of evolving notions of solidarity in the context of globalization. The presentation from Rebecca Li from the College of New Jersey approached the question of globalization from a different standpoint – looking at its impact on China through the lens of “territorial disintegration.” However, the common thread was the way in which globalization and territorial disintegration (and re-integration as China recovered from the first impacts of globalization) shaped the conditions of work and the workplace.en
dc.description.abstractWorkers versus Austerity: Lessons from Canada's Days of Action, 1995-1998 The Great Recession has left in its wake an expected "age of austerity" where the deficits accumulated to stave off economic collapse, are being addressed through steep cuts to government spending, with profound implications for social services and public sector employment. This scenario is playing out across the Global North – from the U.K. to the U.S. to Canada to Greece to France. This paper will examine an earlier era in one of these countries – Canada – where in quite similar circumstances (recession, deficit-spending and austerity) there was a concerted effort by unions and social movements to mount a campaign of resistance. From December 1995, through all of 1996 and 1997, until coming to an end in 1998 – a series of mass strikes and enormous demonstrations swept through the major cities of Ontario, Canada's biggest province and the heart of its manufacturing sector. Among many other issues, this "Days of Action" campaign highlighted the difficult and important relationship between "traditional" and "non-traditional" sections of the working class. It also was characterized, within the existing workers' organizations, by periodic clashes between the energetic inexperience of newly-active union members, and the institutional experience of the movement embodied in a quite developed full-time layer of union officials.en
dc.subjectWorkers versus Austerityen
dc.subjectGreat Recessionen
dc.subjectNewly-active union membersen
dc.titleWorkers Against Austerity – Lessons from Canada’s ‘Days of Action,’ 1995-1998en

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