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Expert to speak on how precarious work hurts us all

International expert to speak on how precarious work hurts us all

Professor Guy Standing, an international expert on the causes and impacts of precarious work is speaking in Auckland and Wellington this week, in advance of the launch of his new book A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens which focuses on ‘what can be done’ to combat the growing trend of insecure work.

Professor Standing is being brought to New Zealand by the Public Service Association, AUT, CTU, First Union, and the University of Auckland. He is a Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

“In his previous book, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, Guy Standing eloquently described the growth of precarious work, the harm it causes and the benefits of secure work for wider society,” says Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary.

“We have seen a significant growth in precarious work in New Zealand, even in traditionally stable areas such as the public sector, so learning from overseas experience is vital.

“Professor Standing’s research clearly demonstrates the impact that precarious work has, not just for those stuck in it, but on wider society.

“With solutions to precarious work as the focus of his public talks, New Zealanders have a great opportunity to learn what we can do to help ensure secure work for all,” said Richard Wagstaff.

Public events (open to media)

Auckland: Monday 24 February, 2 – 4pm.
The University of Auckland, Owen G Glen Building, Grafton Road, OGGB 5 on Level 0

Wellington: Wednesday 26 February, 12.30 – 1.30pm.
Victoria University of Wellington, Lecture Theatre 2, Ground Floor, Rutherford House, Bunny St.


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