The struggle over work: The ‘end of work’ and employment alternatives for post-industrial societies

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  • The struggle over work: The ‘end of work’ and employment alternatives for post-industrial societies

      Shaun Wilson

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  • When unemployment rises along with declining labour movements, the ‘end of work’ as Jermey Rifkin claimed in 1995, seems close and the signi? cance of work in a post-industrial society is decreasing – so goes a popular argument in labour studies. However, almost 20 years later this idea is far from reality: work is still deeply embedded in society, unemployment rates in advanced capitalist societies have even gone down in the neoliberal post-industrial era, but union power seems under constant scrutiny. Shaun Wilson evaluates the ‘end of work’ thesis in his book, The struggle over work, ? rst published in 2004, in which he investigates three different labour market policy directions. Undoubtedly, the usefulness of this book has not diminished since its ? rst publication, as it was relaunched in 2012 in paperback format. The book presents a well-established critique of the ‘end of work’ thesis and argues for a strong labour movement to combat inequality and unemployment within a work-centered society. 

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