This original and timely book focuses on critical issues surrounding work and labour in Canada. It is an ideal text for Sociology of Work courses, which often integrate labour, industry, and the global economy from a Canadian perspective. This book will also be relevant to a wide range of courses in Labour Studies and Industrial Relations programs across Canada. The thesis is change, and the material is up-to-the-minute. "Work and Labour in Canada" examines changes in the labour market and workplaces, with a strong empirical component based upon the most recent Statistics Canada data.The first section, a well-rounded introduction to the Canadian workplace, discusses why jobs are important; work, wages, and the living standards of Canadian working people; taking life-long learning seriously; and the unhealthy Canadian workplace. The second part focuses on gender-race inequalities. It addresses women in the workforce, older workers in transition to retirement, and minorities in the workforce, including workers of colour, recent immigrants, Aboriginal Canadians, and persons with disabilities.
Contemporary unions are also discussed at length, which helps to set the stage for the final section: Canada in a global perspective. The impacts of globalisation and free trade are analysed. Key issues revisited throughout the book include good jobs/bad jobs, family struggles, unemployment, women and work, race/ethnicity and work, as well as Canada in, a comparative, global context.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I: Working People and the Canadian Workplace; Part II: Inequalities and Differences: Gender, Race, Ability, Age; Part III: Contemporary Canadian Unions; Part IV: Canada in a Global Perspective; Index.