The pandemic has profoundly changed our working lives. Millions have lost their jobs; others have had no choice but to continue working at great risk to their health. Many more have shouldered extra unpaid labour such as childcare. Work has also been redefined. Some workers are defined as ‘essential’ – but most of them are among the lowest-paid in our societies. Amid the crisis, there has been a rise in interest in radical ideas, from four-day weeks to universal basic income. Could this be an opportunity?
This was a great conversation with two brilliant women about the future of work, the pandemic, and the multiple overlapping crises we face. Amelia Horgan and Alice Martin are two of the best possible interlocutors.