Living wage activism has spanned time and space, reaching across decades and national boundaries. Conditions generating living wage movements early in the twentieth century have resurfaced in the twenty-first century, only on a global scale: "sweated" labor, macroeconomic instability, and job insecurity. The original essays in the volume assess the movement for higher living standards in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australasia. Each of the individual chapter authors has extensive experience in academia or research institutes, in public policy, or in the labor movement. A variety of innovative efforts to achieve living wages are profiled. Minimum wage increases, labor code activism, low pay campaigns, and fair wage clauses, for example have begun to reverse a growing two-tiered labor market. Women, workers from racial and ethnic minority groups, and employees in service and sales occupations have been noteworthy beneficiaries. Upon reviewing the empirical evidence, the book's contributors make strong cases both for and against living wage activism.
The effective blend of historical, contemporary, and global perspectives provides opportunities for teachers, scholars, and activists to evaluate how we can address low pay at the organizational and macroeconomic levels.
'In this volume, Professor Figart has drawn together eighteen scholars for the first comprehensive global analysis of the various living wages movements. These essays bring to life the story of the distributive conditions of labor, through global activism and empirical research. It provides a fascinating detailed view of the ethical, political, economic and social foundations of the standard of living of the working classes in many nations. I highly recommend it for courses on labor economics, public policy and comparative political economy.' - Professor Phillp O'Hara, Global Political Economy Research Unit, Curtin University, Australia
Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 19th February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1