Stories of Care: A Labour of Law - Gender and class at work

Author: LJB Hayes

Stories of care: a labour of law illustrates that a remedy for the crisis in social care is not possible without reform of labour law. Such reform must recognise the forms of work in which working-class women engage as worthy of legal protection. It must deliver legal rights, including collective bargaining, which are capable of overturning the sexist undervaluing and undermining of care work as paid labour. Without labour law reform, social care provision will continue to flounder. Without adequate social care, a rapid reversal of the gains made for women’s equality in the past fifty years is frighteningly foreseeable.