Work, Workers, and Workplaces in an Age of Authoritarian Austerity I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Endymion, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Michelle Buckley, Suzanne Mills, Steven Tufts
Chairs: Suzanne Mills


Workers and their organizations are increasingly challenged by authoritarian populism and austerity measures in many regions. The power to shape economic policy and landscapes in favor of labour remains a daunting task as increasingly aggressive governments and employers heighten attacks on workers’ rights. At the same time, the rise of authoritarian populism (some argue fascism) from within and outside of workers’ movements have created new constellations of power facing working people and resistance. These sessions will explore these developments and the uneven responses of workers in contemporary and historical perspectives.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Steven Tufts*, York University, Police Unions in Contemporary North America 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Madhumita Dutta*, The Ohio State University, Embodying loss: Reflections on responses of workers to a factory closure in Tamil Nadu, India. 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Andrew Warren*, University of Wollongong - Wollongong, NSW, Fractured intra-worker relations: a longitudinal labour geography of workplace restructuring 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Tod Rutherford*, Syracuse University, Lorenzo Frangi, Département d'organisation et ressources humaines ESG UQAM Montreal QC, Losing Their Voice? UNIFOR and High Performance Work Systems in the Canadian automobile assembly sector 20 2:20 PM
Discussant Michelle Buckley University of Toronto 20 2:40 PM

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