The Precariat: An Audio Interview with Charlie Post

by Andrew Sernatinger on August 17, 2013

In this episode of Black Sheep Radio, we talk to Charlie Post, author, sociologist and supporter of the group Solidarity, about the idea of the “precariat” and worker organizing in general.

The idea of the precariat has gained some popularity in the last few years with the growth of low-wage, part-time labor, and it’s inspired some debate about whether or not this fundamentally changes class structure, creating a new class or sub-class, and what the consequences are for worker organizing.

For the interview, Charlie talks about how capitalist work has been organized in the long-term, arguing that the post-war (1945-1972ish) living standards were actually the exception and that “we are all precarious”. We hear discussion about how radicals have related to trade unions, some discussion about potential power at various workplaces, and Charlie recommends some books about how to think through the problem of the NLRB.

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