[Marxism] Victory to Victorian nurses

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 1 13:30:17 MST 2012


A VERY important question (and one which supplements some arguments in this
great article about the continuous importance of wagelabor (sorry if I
already forwarded it today):
http://socialistworker.org/print/2012/03/01/rise-of-the-precariat).
Some factors include:
* The mostly-female workforce and thus the impact of the women's liberation
movement (parallels here with flight attendants and their changed
self-consciousness);
* The skilled nature of their work, the very high demand for it, and the
relatively high wages extracted in many workplaces as a result;
* Despite the above, the continued highly oppressive nature of the job,
especially as hospitals, profit or nonprofit, have joined in the
labor-squeezing management trends of recent decades.
There are also some similarities with the evolution of teacher unionism --
including the shift from "professional associations" to unions.
Suzanne Gordon is the best place to start on this.



On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM, michael perelman <
michael.perelman3 at gmail.com> wrote:

>
> What is it about nurses?  They are probably the most progressive union
> in California, maybe the entire nation.  And in Victoria also?
>
> --
> Michael Perelman
>



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