Rising Up

Rising Up

The Fight for Living Wage Work in Canada

Edited by Bryan Evans, Carlo Fanelli and Tom McDowell

Published by: UBC Press

300 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 17 charts, 16 tables

  • ISBN: 9780774864374
  • Published: November 2021


Canada has one of the highest rates of low-wage work among advanced industrial economies. In a labour market characterized by the ongoing fallout from COVID-19, deepening income inequality, job instability, and diluted union representation, the living wage movement offers a response. Rising Up traces the history and international context of living wage movements across Canada. In the 1970s, the balance of political and economic power began to shift in favour of business, as trade unions weakened and governments failed to check corporate power. By the 2000s, austerity measures had dismantled social spending, facilitating the growth of low-waged employment. Contributors to this astute collection of essays examine union- and community-based approaches to labour organizing, migrant labour, and media (mis)representations, among other key topics. Offering stimulating debate about living wages and social inequality, Rising Up promotes alternatives to a neoliberalized labour market.