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Working and Not: Life in an Economic Crisis
Dr Elizabeth Humphrys – Hertzberg Fellow, 2019 – explores life for blue-collar workers in the economic crises from the 1970s to 1990s.
We are in the midst of economic turmoil as a result of pandemic, but what was the last crisis like and can we learn from it? This talk explores what it was like for blue collar workers in Australia in the rolling economic crisis from 1974 to 1991. Focussing on the experience of metal workers and those who could not find work, Elizabeth asks: What happened and was everyone in it together? What solutions were implemented and why? Who thrived and who was left behind?
Dr Elizabeth Humphrys is a political economist at the University of Technology Sydney, and an Associate at the Centre for Future Work. Her research is about work and workers in the context of economic crisis and change, including neoliberalism, climate change and workplace disasters. Elizabeth is interested in learning from the past, to inform struggles for greater equity and justice for workers in the present and future.