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The Uber model hinders any possibility of drivers acting collectively and generates significant cognitive dissonance among them. (Shutterstock)

Why Uber drivers aren’t unionizing in Québec

When it comes to dealing with Uber’s difficult working conditions, Uber drivers are on their own.
Delivery drivers sit on their electric scooters while waiting for orders outside a restaurant in Beijing, April 26, 2021. Greg Baker/AFP

How the pandemic has changed China’s economy – perhaps for good

In China, as elsewhere, the pandemic has turned the world of work upside down.
A waitress wears a mask while carrying drinks for guests inside the Blu Martini restaurant in Kingston, Ont., in July 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Worker shortage? Or poor work conditions? Here’s what’s really vexing Canadian restaurants

Should the chronic hiring struggles of Canadian restaurants be referred to as a labour shortage, or can it be more accurately portrayed as a retention issue fuelled by a lack of decent work?
A mourner in Calgary places flowers at a memorial for a Cargill worker who died from COVID-19. A PR campaign that alleged workers would rather collect government assistance than work failed to mention their employment in industries hit hard by COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Public relations is bad news

Public relations is a form of manipulation, used to shift public opinion. It is expressly designed to benefit the organization wielding it, something we’d be wise to remember during the pandemic.
A temporary foreign worker from Mexico plants strawberries on a farm in Mirabel, Que., on May 6, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

The coronavirus reveals the necessity of Canada’s migrant workers

Now that the pandemic has made migrant workers visible in Canada, as well as the true value of the work they do, it’s time to dramatically improve their working conditions.
Bangladeshi child labourers work at a balloon factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Consumers must demand products made under favourable working conditions. (AP Photo/A.M Ahad)

The end of dangerous working conditions starts with informed consumers

The food we eat and the products we use should not contribute to human misery. While companies hold some blame, so do consumers who avoid dealing with the consequences of their purchasing decisions.
About 13% of Australian worker are working 50 hours or more a week, putting themselves, and others, at greater risk. Shutterstock

Our culture of overtime is costing us dearly

A maximum work week of 38 hours makes scientific sense. Working longer hours is bad for mental and physical health.
Research among Canadians shows employment to be a critical social determinant of health, partly because those who earn higher wages have more access to safe housing, nutritious foods, social services and medical care. (Shutterstock)

For millennials, employment is a public health challenge

No longer can young people invest in their education and work their way into secure employment. The health impacts of this job insecurity are profound.

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