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Lecture 7

LABRST 1C03 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Marilyn Waring, Wage Labour, Pink-Collar Worker

Labour Studies
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Katherine Nastovski

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Week 7; neoliberalism
- Angles argues that with emergence of private property, women’s work (domestic
labour) became seen as less or completely unproductive. Became rationale for women’s
position in society
Video: who’s counting? Marilyn Waring on sex, lies, and global
- Taught economics is something out of reach that can’t be understood but she shows
how it touches our lives everyday. Her argument is that women’s labour is worthless in
national accounting of growth, GDP, productive to economy
- Margret argued that in Canada, unpaid labour and housework is completely devalued
because it’s not monetized/wage labour and gets excluded from system of economics. If
we were to pay women min. wage for work done at home it would require massive
redistribution of wealth. Also see patriarchy within sphere of wage labour, not only
unpaid work but women’s work within pink collar (Work related to care), women having
unequal pay, and overall earning women earn 66.4% of male’s wages in part-time. This
is compounded by race and citizenship.
- Combined forces of racism, patriarchy and citizenship come together to shape people’s
lives, options for work and resistance. Combined effects of these oppressions is
intersectionality and how they operate in our lives. (Ex. Women of colour in global south
have increased likelihood of living in poverty, work in informal sector and worse
- Look at political shifts in 1970’s; industrialization, higher requirement of education,
more variety in jobs (subcontracting), global reach
Neoliberal policies underlie structural adjustment programs for remaking labour market
in global north and south to privatize companies, cut people wages and conditions, and
remove restrictions on foreign investment
- Labour market should be free form interference from the state, searching for cheaper
labour, materials and new markets. Ideology is rooted in economic writing from Adam
Smith who argued that economy works best when market is free from government
control (the invisible hand). Unlike what smith envisioned, current economy cannot be
characterized by free competion between producers. Instead we have massive
monopolies like multinational corporations which only rose in mid 1970’s which have
enormous economic and political power with great influence in remaking of government
policies that serve their own interests.
- Main principles of neoliberalism are part of common sense thinking and underlie most
political debates and it’s what we’re born too like gov. cut-backs and privatization
Features of neoliberalism
1. Rule of market; reducing role of government in the economy. Embracing free-trade
agreements like NAFTA, reducing wages, ending things like price controls. The argue
that this will increase growth.
2. Cutting of public funding; cutting funds for education and healthcare, privatizing and
eliminating various forms of safety nets for the poor, unemployment insurance,
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