Closure of the East Town Railway Workshops, Part Two: Inability to Help

By Russell Marshall In 1972, Russell Marshall was elected Labour Member of Parliament of Wanganui (as the electorate was then called). Rail was an important part of New Zealand’s infrastructure, protected by regulations that limited how far freight could be…

Statement of solidarity with Tariq Khan

The Labour History Project has sent the following statement to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in response to a targeted campaign attacking labour history scholar Tariq Khan. The Labour History Project is a group of New Zealand unionists and historians dedicated…

Book review: Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality

By Prue Hyman (Wellington: BWB Texts, 2017) Reviewed by Cybèle Locke This book packs an educational punch and is a must-read for anyone working to eradicate gender inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand. In Hopes Dashed?, Prue Hyman argues that a…

Book review: Precarity: Uncertain, Insecure and Unequal Lives in Aotearoa New Zealand

Edited by Shiloh Groot, Clifford Van Ommen, Bridgette Masters-Awatere and Natasha Tassell-Matamua (Palmerston North: Massey University Press, 2017). Reviewed by Ross Webb. We live in a society skewed in favour of those with extensive wealth, where attention is diverted away…

Precarious Pasts and Postwork Futures

By Jared Davidson Precarious labour is nothing new. Insecure and irregular work has been the norm rather than the exception in the history of capitalism. “For most of human history, work has occurred under unstable conditions, with little legal regulation…

New Models of Worker Organisation and Power

By Sam Huggard In the increasing debates on the ‘future of work’, unions are putting the issues of insecure and precarious work firmly on the table.1 Whether we call it casualisation, precarious work, temporary, or non-standard work—it means that workers…