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Flexible work and its consequences: historical perspectives

History & Policy

Thursday, 6 April 2017 from 18:00 to 19:30 (BST)

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Nearly one million workers in the UK are on zero-hour contracts. A further five million are nominally self-employed. Such employment is less novel than is often assumed. What is now "flexibility" was once "casual labour", and social enquiry revealed the consequences of casual labour over a hundred years ago. The nineteenth century founding fathers of social statistics (Charles Booth, Seehbohm Rowntree, A.L. Bowley among others) argued that, to safeguard Britain’s commercial and imperial pre-eminence, casual employment must be abolished. Theresa May has recently set up a twenty-first century equivalent in the Taylor Review. It is likely to reach similar conclusions.


A History & Policy Trade Union Forum seminar:


Professor Noel Whiteside, Professor of Comparative Public Policy at the University of Warwick

Sally Brett, Head of Equality, Inclusion and Culture at the British Medical Association 


The speakers will approach the subject from both the historical and contemporary policy perspective. Why did the social reforms of the early twentieth century designed to tackle the problems of casual labour ultimately fail? What mistakes are we at risk of making again?

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Room S3.05, Strand Building
King's College London
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 6 April 2017 from 18:00 to 19:30 (BST)

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