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Sydney Ideas

A PRECARIAT CHARTER: COMBATING INSECURITY AND INEQUALITY

5 March 2015



Globalisation, the neoliberal economic model that has underpinned it and an ongoing technological revolution have generated a global class structure superimposed on national class structures. The emerging mass class is the precariat, which is growing rapidly in most countries, including Australia. It is a class-in-the-making, not yet a class-for-itself, but it is the new dangerous class. It feels alienated from mainstream political establishments.

The precariat fundamentally differs from the proletariat, having distinctive relations of production, distribution and relations to the state. Drawing on a trilogy of recent books, this lecture will define the precariat and explain why it is a dangerous class, reflecting particularly on the breakdown of the 20th-century income-distribution system.

This year is the 800th anniversary of the Charter of Liberties that became the Magna Carta, arguably, with the Charter of the Forests of 1217, the first class-based set of demands by the emerging classes of its time. Today, what would a precariat charter look like? And how would it differ from a proletariat charter had there been one a century ago?

Event details

  • When: 6–7.30pm
  • Where:

    Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue
    New Law School
    Click image for interactive map.


  • Cost: FREE but online registration requested
  • Contact:

    Sydney Ideas
    E: sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au | T: +61 2 9351 2943


  • More info: http://sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/
  • Speaker:

    Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and was previously Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath and Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University, Melbourne. Before that, he was Director of the International Labour Organisation’s Socio-Economic Security Programme (1999-2006) and director of its Labour Market Policies Branch.

    An economist, with a doctorate from Cambridge University, and a master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Illinois, Professor Standing is a founder and co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an NGO that has members in more than 50 countries and promotes the idea of "basic income" as a right. He has been consultant to many international agencies, including the UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, European Commission and DFID, as well as governments and trades unions. In 1995-96, he was research director for President Mandela’s Labour Market Policy Commission, co-authoring Re-structuring the Labour Market: The South African Challenge. His recent books are: The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (Bloomsbury, 2011; second edition, 2014) – translated into 13 languages – A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (Bloomsbury, 2014), Social Income and Insecurity in Gujarat (Routledge, 2010), Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (Elgar, 2009).

    For the past four years, Professor Standing has also been working on pilot basic-income schemes in India, in cooperation with a union that represents women ‘informal’ workers. This collaboration has resulted in the yet-to-be-published Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India.


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Sydney Ideas: a precariate charter – combating insecurity and inequality

Where

Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue
New Law School
Click image for interactive map.


When

5 March 2015


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