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Sustainable work and the environmental crisis, the link between labour and climate change, Chris Baldry and Jeff Hyman

"Compared to twenty years ago, the jobs many people do today are increasingly characterised by low pay and insecurity, while countless others cope with workplace stress and ill-health. At the same time the consequences of our current model of economic activity are creating dangerous and critical changes in the planet's climate. Until recently debates around these two issues have had little contact with each other. This book demonstrates that there are definite and complex connections between degraded jobs and a degraded environment, that neither the dominant economic model nor the rate at which we exploit the planet's resources are sustainable and that the limits for both may be reached sooner rather than later. By bringing together insights from critical thinkers in a range of disciplines, the book discusses the requirements and characteristics for work to be at the same time economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and examines the potential for alternative routes to sustainable work in policies and actions which support both the natural environment and worker well-being. The book will be of interest to researchers, academics and students in the fields of HRM, labour studies, employment relations, sociology, environmental studies and sustainability. It is particularly relevant for those focusing on the link between labour and climate change. It is also highly relevant to policymakers, trade unions and NGOs looking at decent work and sustainability"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- 1. Introduction: Degraded work in a degraded planet -- What's going wrong? -- An unequal planet -- Which path out of the jungle? -- What would sustainable work look like? -- In this book: goals and limitations -- 2. Bad day at work -- Back to the future? -- Zero-hours -- Agency working and subcontracting -- The gig economy -- Performance management and control -- Work intensity, bullying and the organisational culture -- Health and well-being -- Low pay -- The new organisation -- So, what has this got to do with the planet? -- 3. A threatened environment -- Introduction -- Two routes to crisis -- An old problem -- Who creates the pollution? -- A toxic planet? -- Who has responsibility for the environment? -- Conclusions -- 4. Neo-liberal or free-market economics: Literally the 'world taken for granted' -- The problem with economics -- Externalities: external to whom? -- The great god of growth -- Growth, well-being or degrowth? -- What happens when we buy stuff? -- Electronics -- Clothing -- Inequality: the reality of globalism -- The financial implications of cutting carbon -- Conclusions -- 5. Roles and responsibilities of business -- Introduction -- Pressures on business -- Responsibilities of business -- Corporate social responsibility -- The role of finance -- Conclusions: are there alternatives to the profit-maximising model of business? -- 6. The role of government -- Introduction -- Meeting emissions targets -- Moving off fossil fuels -- The unequal burden of the climate crisis -- Why don't governments act? -- Impact of globalisation -- Government policies for labour market intervention -- A role for public ownership? -- Increased democratic control -- Conclusions -- Note
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (293 pages)
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