Ten Ways the COVID-19 Pandemic Must Change Work… For Good

June 3, 2020
1.4 MB54 pages

This paper identifies and considers ten ways in which work after the pandemic must change “for good” in the wake of COVID-19. 

The proposals for making jobs safer, healthier and fairer, include: infection control and safety; more space in work sites; sick pay for workers who must stay away from work; protections for people working from home; limits on multiple job-holding and other precarious work practices; an expansion of public sector jobs; reduced reliance on just-in-time supply chains; more comprehensive income support; better wages for low-wage essential workers; and stronger mechanisms of worker representation to ensure safe practices.

This research paper is published by the Centre for Future Work and co-published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives as part of the new PowerShare project, to investigate workers’ collective voice and agency in the future of work. PowerShare is a partnership between the Centre for Future Work, the Atkinson Foundation, and the CCPA.