a renewed sense of what is valuable work in society - Eliza Filby writes
a corrective to a steady decline in respect, status and stability for jobs categorised as “low-skilled”
Chair Adrian Alker invites us to think about our future post Covid society. Interestingly it’s not only on the left that the received wisdom of the last few decades is being challenged:
Eliza Filby writing on the right of centre website UnHerd says, “One obvious characteristic of this pandemic experience is that we have a renewed sense of what is valuable work in society: saluting farmers, supermarket workers, bin men and delivery drivers. Health and care workers have been elevated beyond a workforce to the status of a sacrificial army for their undeniable duty and bravery. We do not wear poppies to show our respect but clap in the street to show our thanks. There is a new appreciation for schools, too, not just for their role in educating kids but as wrap-around childcare enabling parents to work. And how many other informal paid workers from cleaners to childminders do we now realise are fundamental to making our households — and our economy — tick?
This is an important corrective to the past two decades which was characterized with a steady decline in respect, status and stability for jobs categorised as “low-skilled”. Associated with debates around immigration, education and inequality, the issue has dogged politics in most countries for years and has been both ignition and accelerant to the populist flame.”