Our ‘soldiers’ are not only in the military – key workers face risks for us too

CIC director Sarah Cliffe and Oxford University professor Ian Goldin co-authored this op-ed in The Guardian about the risks faced by essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"A new approach to risk is required in both the public and private sectors," Cliffe and Goldin wrote. "Low income workers in OECD countries have seen a decline in real wages as well as an erosion of labour rights and collective bargaining power over a 30-year period. Necessary actions to rectify this include minimum wage increases, legal frameworks that ensure freedom of association and support collective bargaining, and broadening labour protections to contractors and informal sector and gig workers."

Read the full article at The Guardian here.

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Mar 08, 2021
Sarah Cliffe, Ian Goldin